NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ778273
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0939
Successful Subjectivities? The Successification of Class, Ethnic and Gender Positions
Bradford, Simon; Hey, Valerie
Journal of Education Policy, v22 n6 p595-614 Nov 2007
This article draws on data collected during a pilot study conducted in two west London schools exploring young people's understandings of success. It considers ways in which "discourses of success," as part of New Labour's project of re-inventing schooling, may shape young people's subjectivity. The article examines articulations between New Labour policy and aspects of social difference and how these structure new identifications with success. In particular, the article explores how class, gender and ethnicity shape discourses of success and how they are implicated in their distribution. In conclusion, the article indicates how current education policy (particularly in relation to educational success) articulates the "public" domain with dimensions of the "private" self and suggests that understanding this is vital in the pursuit of social justice.
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)