Component Evaluation: Think Piece

Green kitchen weigh scaleComponent Evaluation: Think Piece in Governmentality

Timing: 45 Minutes; Flexible 
Mode: In-class; Online

Professor Kathy Kendall, the sociologist who discovered the 1940s radio plays, describes them as an example of governmentality, the creation of the ideal Canadian citizen through the guidance of mental health experts and the use of public education. Listen to Kendall make these connections.


Have your students visit Kendall’s Educating Indian Head exhibit on the After the Asylum site and write a short essay or create a classroom presentation on the use of media in early Canadian mental health education as an illustration of the concepts which Kendall outlines in her explanation of the concept of governmentality.

This exercise can also be used as a graded assessment.