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ERIC Number: EJ932026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
Manufacturing Consent: A Corpus-Based Critical Discourse Analysis of New Labour's Educational Governance
Mulderrig, Jane
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v43 n6 p562-578 Aug 2011
This paper presents selected findings from a historical analysis of change in the discursive construction of social identity in UK education policy discourse from 1972-2005. My chief argument is that through its linguistic forms of self-identification the government construes educational roles, relations and responsibilities not only for itself, but also for other educational actors and wider society. More specifically, I argue that New Labour's distinctive mode of self-representation is an important element in its hegemonic project, textually manufacturing consent over its policy decisions, and helping to articulate its self-styled "enabling" model of governance. As evidence for these claims I discuss two prominent trends in New Labour's education policy rhetoric, which I characterise as "personalisation" and "managerialisation". Respectively, these relate to the discursive representation of social identity and social action.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom