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ERIC Number: EJ795765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-1478-2103
Gambling with the Future of Public Education: Risk, Discipline, and the Moralizing of Educational Politics in Corporate Media
Saltman, Kenneth
Policy Futures in Education, v5 n1 p37-49 2007
This article discusses how representations of individual discipline and risk-taking in mass media inform the broader public discourses about public education and the public sector generally. Such representations and narratives about individual discipline and risk-taking often function in mass media as moral imperatives of consumer culture. Such moral imperatives of consumer culture not only replace a civic morality of political engagement more consistent with democratic ideals and participatory culture but also typify and even stimulate the shifting of politics onto a moral register and language that has characterized neo-liberal ideology, third way post-politics, and that informs contemporary US politics, especially evident during the "War on Terror." The article discusses these matters through the media spectacle of a Utah woman who permanently tattooed an advertisement for a casino on her face to pay for her son's private school tuition and through the gambling problem of former Secretary of Education and educational entrepreneur William Bennett. (Contains 28 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Utah