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ERIC Number: EJ1214550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Quasi-Markets, Competition, and School Choice Lotteries
Chew, Adrian W.
Educational Policy, v33 n4 p587-614 Jun 2019
This article problematizes the lottery as a taken-for-granted concept, which is normatively understood as a neutral process rewarding its participant based on luck. The article adopts a policy problematization frame that interrogates the limits of normative concepts. To problematize the lottery system, this article engages with the two movies on school choice, "The Lottery" and "Waiting for 'Superman'", as "instances" through the conceptual lens of a quasi-market. The main argument is that the lottery is a particular discursive practice co-constituting the competitive frame of education quasi-markets. In identifying how the spirit of competitiveness underlies a competition, and by extension the lottery system, the article posits that in a competitive setting, competitors are primarily concerned with maximizing inequality among each other.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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