Category Archives: Neoliberalism

Understanding Health promotion in a Neoliberal climate and the making of Health Conscious Citizens

Neoliberal rationality is frequently invoked in critical analyses of health promotion, particularly those analyses stemming from a Foucaultian governmental perspective. Such references made to neoliberalism have been beneficial in highlighting the interconnections between health promotion policy and practice and the … Continue reading

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A dangerous idea? Freedom, Children and the Capability Approach to Education

This article begins by observing how education is currently appreciated primarily for its utility value, a view informed by utilitarianism and neoclassical economic theory. A critique of that framing is offered and an alternative way of valuing education informed by … Continue reading

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Multiculturalism and Education for Citizenship in a context of Neoliberalism

Multicultural education usually arises from a concern that schools prepare young people for constructive public participation as citizens in a diverse society that is struggling with equity issues. Conventional multicultural education, which I will critique, tends to assume a liberal … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism is not a theory of everything: a Bourdieuian analysis of illusio in educational research

Despite the frequency with which the concept of neoliberalism is employed within academic literature, its complex and multifaceted nature makes it difficult to define and describe. Indeed, data reported in this article suggest that there is a tendency in educational … Continue reading

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Care of the self, resistance and subjectivity under neoliberal governmentalities

Resistance is normally thought of as a collective exercise of public political activity. In this article, Ball and Olmedo approach the question of resistance in a different way, through Foucault’s notion of ‘the care of the self’. Neoliberal reforms in … Continue reading

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The New Way Of The World: On Neoliberal Society

Exploring the genesis of neoliberalism, and the political and economic circumstances of its deployment, Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval dispel numerous common misconceptions. Neoliberalism is neither a return to classical liberalism nor the restoration of “pure” capitalism. To misinterpret neoliberalism … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism at Work

Organizational decision-makers increasingly promote neoliberal work practices, which emphasize market processes and unrestricted deployment of organizational resources, as a means to optimize economic performance in an intensely competitive environment. A growing number of sociologists have raised questions about their tactics … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education

Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education reveals how neoliberal policies, practices, and modes of material and symbolic violence have radically reshaped the mission and practice of higher education, short-changing a generation of young people.  Henry Giroux exposes the corporate forces at … Continue reading

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Brasil: unas movilizaciones que continúan. Dossier

Para el gobierno ha llegado el momento de aliarse al pueblo o pagará la factura en el futuro. Esta es una de las conclusiones de João Pedro Stedile, dirigente del Movimiento de Trabajadores Sin Tierra (MST) sobre las recientes movilizaciones … Continue reading

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Students are not customers

Students are not customers – in the ongoing debate post-tuition fees rise, students are likened, more and more, to customers, but I believe the analogy simply doesn’t ring true. I form this view on the basis that you cannot pay … Continue reading

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