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ERIC Number: EJ1080143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
New Modalities of State Power: Neoliberal Responsibilisation and the Work of Academy Chains
Keddie, Amanda
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v19 n11 p1190-1205 2015
This paper draws on interview data gathered as part of a broader study around issues of equity and schooling. It features the voices of the Executive Director and four Head Teachers from one of England's top performing academy chains, "CONNECT". The notion of neoliberal responsibilisation is drawn on to examine, first, the ways in which Head Teachers describe their work and, second, the chain's expectations of them as CONNECT leaders. Responsibilisation of the self was apparent in Head Teachers' construction of themselves as ideal neoliberal workers--performing and enterprising subjects who readily accept the business principles and results-orientation of their "data-driven" environment. Responsibilising of Head Teachers by the organisation was evident in the rigorous "non-negotiable" standards and accountabilities at CONNECT that they were expected to comply with. These non-negotiables cultivated and rewarded Head Teachers' entrepreneurial identity of achievement motivation. The paper illustrates how such neoliberal responsibilisation is both a crucial and highly troubling element in the work of academy chains as new modalities of state power.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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