NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ952718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0068
Cultivating Borrowed Futures: The Politics of Neoliberal Loanwords in South Korean Cross-National Policy Borrowing
Sung, Youl-Kwan
Comparative Education, v47 n4 p523-538 2011
This paper examines the politics of policy-borrowing in Korean education. I use the term "loanwords" as a metaphor for the practice in some Korean educational sectors of using borrowed English-origin educational rhetoric to create actual policy reform. I argue that discourses of choice and diversity, as loanwords, are initially bifurcated into progressivist and neoliberal policies; recently, they have been used to highlight particular aspects of market-based policies that are advantageous to particular social groups. I also demonstrate that the upper-class tends to make use of the terms choice and diversity in ways aligned with neoliberal perspectives in order to validate the pursuit of privileged opportunities, such as the right to choose to attend an elite high school. (Contains 1 figure and 5 notes.)
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea