ERIC Number: EJ926728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
Global Competition in a "Flat" World: A Foucauldian Analysis of the Neoliberal Mentalities of "2 Million Minutes"
Linder, Kathryn Elizabeth
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v32 n3 p443-456 2011
Through an application of Foucauldian theories of power and neoliberalism, this article employs an ascending analysis to identify an embedded neoliberal agenda within the documentary "2 Million Minutes". The author argues that this neoliberal agenda serves to support and maintain notions of international white supremacy as it assumes relationships between whiteness and success, American identity and privilege, and through its definition of the global economy as one in which all students can equally take part. By articulating how the film engages in techniques of biopower through a comparative portrayal of high school students from India, China, and the United States, the author argues that representations of education "realities" should be examined and questioned in order to locate powerful and hidden hegemonies.
Descriptors: Global Approach, Foreign Countries, High School Students, Competition, Social Theories, Documentaries, Racial Bias, Whites, Minority Groups, Social Bias, Economic Factors, Films, Power Structure, Political Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Government Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; India; United States