Factories for Learning

Factories for Learning : Neoliberal Governmentality and Inequality in a London Secondary Academy

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This book draws upon original research at a celebrated flagship secondary school, to explore how new forms of neoliberal governmentality are reproducing raced, classed and gendered inequalities. Considering the complex narratives of students, teachers and parents, the book examines the stories underlying the school's glossy veneer of success, highlighting the persistent structural inequalities concealed beneath its rhetoric of aspirational citizenship. Chapters demonstrate how hopes and dreams are harnessed and mobilized to exact social control, and how marketized education systems reshape inequality, foreclosing spaces of democratic participation through the imposition of authoritarian discipline and self-belief.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138902608
  • 9781138902602

About Christy Kulz

Christy Kulz is Associate Lecturer in Sociology of Education at Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.show more

Table of contents

1. The Advent of Academies: Historical Representations, Social Contexts and Research Frameworks 2. Disciplining Beaumont Academy: Keeping the 'Well Oiled Machine' Running Efficiently 3. Cohering Contradictions: Heroic Individualism and the Cultivation of Belief in Beaumont's 'Good Empire' 4. Inequitable Foundations: Ideal (White) Middle-Class Students and Unruly 'Urban Children' Meet the Demands of the Education Market 5. Student Navigations and Negotiations: Aspiration, Loss, Endurance and Fantasy 6. Urban Chaos and the Imagined Other: Remaking Middle-Class Hegemony 7. Conclusion: Remaking Inequalities in the Neoliberal Institutionshow more