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ERIC Number: EJ818612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-4985
Tony Blair and the Politics of Race in Education: Whiteness, "Doublethink" and New Labour
Gillborn, David
Oxford Review of Education, v34 n6 p713-725 Dec 2008
It is tempting to view the Blairite legacy as a simple story of political hypocrisy: a government, swept to power after almost two decades of Conservative rule, promising much but reneging on those commitments and falling back on Thatcherite authoritarian popularism when the going got tough. But that would be too simple a story. The Blairite policy trajectory in relation to race and education reveals problems that are much more deep-rooted, and more significant, than mere political opportunism. The failure to address racism as a structural factor that shapes the assumptions of the education system (embodied in notions of selection, ability and discipline) made possible, maybe even inevitable, a situation where race equality would be sacrificed to the perceived interests and sensitivities of White people. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom