ERIC Number: ED387920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
"Fast" Capitalism and "Fast" Schools: New Realities and New Truths.
Robertson, Susan L.
This paper locates the phenomenon of self-managing schools within the framework of "fast capitalism" and identifies themes of organization central to fast capitalism, which are argued to also underpin the self-managing schools. "Fast capitalism" refers to the rapidly intensified integration of regionalized productive activities into the global circuit of capital, and the further penetration of consumerism. The paper argues that the self-managing school can be understood as an institutional expression of the postmodern/post-Fordist social relations, which have been shaped by an intensification of globalization. These tendencies have been crucial in shaping the transformation of the national state and educational provision, including the underlying grammar of self-managing schools. The penetration of the commodity form into the heart of the schooling enterprise shows how successful the productive units at the local level--under the guise of self-managing schools--have been in carrying the new social relations of "fast capitalism." These developments are seen to arise as a result of economic, political, and social struggles. The study of self-managing schools can focus attention on the shifting configurations of power, knowledge, time, and space (Aronowitz and Giroux 1991) that provide the basis for oppositional action. (Contains 38 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).