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ERIC Number: EJ1137284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Counter-Narratives That Challenge Neo-Liberal Discourses of Schooling "Disengagement": Youth Professionals Informing the Work of Teachers
McGregor, Glenda
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v38 n4 p551-565 2017
Contemporary global economic contexts are shaped by a neo-liberal paradigm of hyper-individualism and meritocracy strongly influencing national policies in education and welfare. As social safety nets diminish, citizens are expected to be more personally accountable. This creates challenges for the poor and marginalised who are positionally disadvantaged in highly competitive neo-capitalist economies. Young people from such social categories are particularly vulnerable. Resource poor, many struggle to connect with schools and find meaning in a world that has relegated them to the margins. They make up the apparently growing numbers of "disengaged", "at risk", "dangerous" and "sick" youth who have become a focal point for official interventions that may be punitive and/or therapeutic or medical. Drawing upon the contrasting perspectives of teaching staff and youth workers in one Australian state, this article argues for a change in the way schooling authorities construct and respond to the phenomenon of schooling "disengagement".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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