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ERIC Number: EJ1134648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2159-1474
Controlled by the Corporate Narrative: Obama's Education Policy, the Shock Doctrine, and Mechanisms of Capitalist Power
Lea, Virginia
Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, v4 n1 p132-150 2011
This article aims to illuminate how and why public schools have been sustained and/or strengthened as hierarchical, inequitable, and undemocratic sites that serve the corporate capitalist state. In doing so, the author draws on three theoretical ideas: the "shock doctrine," described vividly by Naomi Klein (2007); "critical multicultural education" (Lea 2010); and the idea of "modern disciplinary technologies or mechanisms of power" (Foucault 1995). The article reviews the current, highly unequal, educational landscape in the United States, and some of the ways in which the corporate capitalist agenda has controlled the education policies of President Obama over the last two years. The author explores why most individuals, including members of the middle class and large numbers of poor and low-income people, have consented to a neo-liberal, "free-market," global capitalist order, in spite of the growing inequalities that it generates. Suggestions for interrupting the current, neoliberal, capitalist program are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; United Kingdom (England)
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