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ERIC Number: EJ1026042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
The Neo-Liberal Education Policies of "Epimeleia Heautou": Caring for the Self in School Markets
Webb, P. Taylor; Gulson, Kalervo; Pitton, Viviana
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v35 n1 p31-44 2014
The paper argues that neo-liberal education policy has capitalized on a historical concern to care for the self, or the Greek "epimeleia heautou". We discuss "epimeleia heautou" in relation to education policies that emphasize greater choice in curriculum offerings, and in relation to school choice policies more generally. Thus, a premise of our argument is that school choice policies accommodate a much greater range of selves to be cared for. The analysis examines the neo-liberal subject, "homo oeconomicus", in relation to education policy that produces choices of the self and choices for its care. We conclude by discussing conceptions of the self in relation to two aporias of neo-liberal educational equality produced through ethnic-specific schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)
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