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ERIC Number: EJ814793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1750-8487
Education, Neoliberalism and the Consumer Citizen: After the Golden Age of Egalitarian Reform
Doherty, Robert A.
Critical Studies in Education, v48 n2 p269-288 Sep 2007
In this paper I attempt to explore the implications for education policy arising from aspects of Third Way political thought and its troubled relation to neoliberalism. In particular, the implications for equality arising from Third Way reforms to secondary education are considered. The limits of contestation that mark out the centre ground of UK politics have become increasingly consolidated around neoliberal ideas and principles. I briefly outline a "golden age" of egalitarian reform and its displacement by the emergence of neoliberalism. Neoliberal restructuring is implicated in the emergence of the market state, the establishment of the relation of the individual to the state as one of consumer citizen, the growth of individualism, and a likely increase in competition to fend off downward social mobility. The paper concludes that the future compass for reforms aimed at reducing educational inequality now looks increasingly restricted and narrowed. (Contains 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom