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ERIC Number: EJ911131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0305-5698
Performativity, Well-Being, Social Class and Citizenship in English Schools
Fisher, Pamela
Educational Studies, v37 n1 p49-58 Feb 2011
A range of initiatives to promote well-being and empowerment have been introduced into English schools. These ostensibly support the citizenship curriculum that seeks to foster a more active and engaged populace. Whilst children are being encouraged to view their own well-being as a personal project (and as a badge of successful citizenship), this process is being undermined by an informal curriculum of citizenship, embedded within the culture of performativity, that is promoting a climate of misrecognition within schools. This form of "symbolic violence" (that affects working-class families disproportionately) is encroaching into the private sphere, traditionally a "potential" refuge providing opportunities for the development of forms of well-being that were not dependent on institutional endorsement. It is suggested that some of the counter-hegemonic values developed in the face of marginalisation might usefully inform issues of citizenship and well-being in schools in ways that would encourage genuinely empowered forms of citizenship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)