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ERIC Number: EJ1124691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
Structural Marginalisation, Othering and Casual Relief Teacher Subjectivities
Charteris, Jennifer; Jenkins, Kathryn; Bannister-Tyrrell, Michelle; Jones, Marguerite
Critical Studies in Education, v58 n1 p104-119 2017
Produced through market relations of neoliberal managerialism, teacher subjectivities are becoming progressively commodified. With the increasing casualisation of the teaching workforce, the well-being and status of casual relief teachers (CRTs) can be seen as an area of concern, at risk of "flexploitation". More than just a convenient labour pool, CRTs operate on the margins of school communities, a space fraught with a range of issues. In many instances, CRTs experience less job satisfaction; less rapport with students and colleagues and less access to school information, professional development, resources and teaching materials. This article draws on a positioning theory to frame the discursive production of CRT selves within the neoliberal milieu. It offers a detailed analysis of collective biographies that explore narrative formations of casual teaching. Schooling discourse is replete with metaphorical language that frames teacher positioning, and a range of existing metaphors in CRT literature highlight their vulnerability in particular. Rather than offering an analysis that addresses casual teacher performance as a problem to be solved, this article proposes that the relationship between 'structural marginalisation and the "othering" that CRTs can experience is associated with the politics of market-related performativity.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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