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ERIC Number: EJ1023982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
Neoliberalism is Not a Theory of Everything: A Bourdieuian Analysis of "Illusio" in Educational Research
Rowlands, Julie; Rawolle, Shaun
Critical Studies in Education, v54 n3 p260-272 2013
Despite the frequency with which the concept of neoliberalism is employed within academic literature, its complex and multifaceted nature makes it difficult to define and describe. Indeed, data reported in this article suggest that there is a tendency in educational research to make extensive use of the word "neoliberalism" (or its variants neoliberal, neo-liberal and neo-liberalism) as a catch-all for something negative but without offering a definition or explanation. The article highlights a number of key risks associated with this approach and draws on the Bourdieuian concept of "illusio" to suggest the possibility that when as educational researchers we use the word "neoliberalism" in this way, rather than interrupting the implementation of neoliberal policies and practices, we may, in fact, be further entrenching the neoliberal "doxa." That is to say, we are both playing the neoliberal game and inadvertently demonstrating our belief that it is a game worth being played. In so doing, this article seeks to extend understandings of what "illusio" means within the context of educational research.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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