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ERIC Number: EJ1177284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
Whose Public, Which Public? The Challenge for Public Education
Gerrard, Jessica
Critical Studies in Education, v59 n2 p204-217 2018
Contemporary campaigns for public education rest upon an assumption that public schools are fundamental to an equitable and inclusive society. In this paper, I reflect on this presumption by exploring the inherent tensions of the meaning and practice of 'public' education, especially when the 'public' in public schooling is linked to political contestation and change in relation to the nation state. In particular, this discussion considers the ways in which the contemporary heightened racial politics of fear of 'Muslim radicalisation' structures the ways in which the state creates boundaries surrounding 'public' schooling. Here, analysis of recent governmental attempts to addresses the concern of 'radicalisation' in schools reveals the difficulties the nation state faces in defining what exactly is the 'public', and demonstrates how the politics of race and fear become overarching logics in the constitution of the Australian 'public'. These logics risk creating exclusions and boundaries in public schooling, which, I argue here, have repercussions for the defence and claim to public education more broadly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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