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ERIC Number: EJ821106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7724
The "Dakar Framework": Constructing and Deconstructing the Global Neo-Liberal Matrix
Tamatea, Laurence
Globalisation, Societies and Education, v3 n3 p311-334 Nov 2005
The paper's focus is "The Dakar framework for action--education for all: meeting our collective commitments", which presents the UNESCO, G8, World Bank and International Monetary Fund's blueprint for the "development" of education globally by 2015. Taking a discourse analytic approach, discussion of the "Dakar framework" make two claims. The first is that the "Framework" has a Matrix-like effect in that it potentially closes out other ways of thinking about and practicing education. The second argument is that the apparent contradiction between its deployment of a human rights centered discourse and neo-liberal discourse that establishes this Matrix-like effect, must be understood as something more than simply an exercise in lies, deception and rhetoric. Rather, the Matrix-like effect of the "Framework" succeeds not because the "Framework" lies, but because it doubly exploits the very same ambivalence in liberal-humanism that facilitated the European control of "Others" in an earlier era of globalisation. Gandhi who challenged the Matrix-like effects of globalising British Empire power in this earlier era of globalisation is referred to in the paper as a real figure of history to exemplify the Neo figure in the discussion of the Matrix as a metaphor for the neo-liberal EFA policy. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Language: English
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