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ERIC Number: EJ1023000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 90
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Interrogating an Omission: The Absence of a Rights-Based Approach to Education in World Bank Policy Discourse
Menashy, Francine
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v34 n5 p749-764 2013
This study provides a discursive analysis of World Bank policy documents in order to reveal the stark omission of a rights-based approach to education, while highlighting instead the support of an economic-instrumentalist approach. Plausible explanations are provided to shed light on this exclusion, including the feasibility critique of education as a right, and the Bank's limited institutional mandate. However, the rationales are presented as unsound and unacceptable justifications for the omission. By drawing on Amartya Sen's theoretical work on human rights and development policy frameworks, this study concludes by arguing for the Bank to integrate into their mandate a conception of education as a human right.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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