'Governmentality', 'technologies of the self' and disability: Understanding disabled students' selfefficacy and career planning knowledge at the tertiary level

  • S Blackman
  • D Maynard
Keywords: Technologies of the self, governmentality, self-efficacy, career decision-making, students with disabilities


The self-efficacy and career decision-making processes of disabled students in the Caribbean are assessed and their meanings explored utilising Foucault's notions of 'governmentality' and 'technologies of the self' in this article. Self-efficacy and career decision-making processes are viewed as precursors to employment and as integral constructs embedded within Foucault's 'technologies of the self'. Findings suggest that students with disabilities possess a high selfefficacy and use their knowledge and education in instrumental ways to govern themselves and determine future employment outcomes.

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print ISSN: 0258-2236