ERIC Number: EJ1055925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Neoliberalism, Emotional Experience in Education and Adam Smith: Reading "The Theory of Moral Sentiments" Alongside "The Wealth of Nations"
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v47 n2 p105-116 2015
This paper examines some critical accounts of emotional life shaped by neoliberalism. A range of literature concerned with neoliberalism and emotional experience in educational contexts is reviewed. I argue that neoliberal "reforms" in public institutions create an ever-increasing demand for emotional performance. Neoliberals often refer to Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" (WN) but this paper focuses on Smith's equally significant "The Theory of Moral Sentiments." In this work Smith connects competitive social relationships with varieties of challenging emotional experience. I argue that theorists in the present, seeking to understand neoliberal "reforms" in public institutions, should focus on not just "WN" but both of Smith's major works together. This paper offers new insights into the nature of neoliberalism, extending and developing the field of historically informed critical work highlighted in this paper.
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Emotional Experience, Educational Change, Competition, Economics, Moral Values, Social Systems, Social Theories, Instructional Leadership
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