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Children of the market: performativity, neoliberal responsibilisation and the construction of student identities

Children of the market: performativity, neoliberal responsibilisation and the construction of... AbstractThis paper draws on interview data gathered from a broader study concerned with examining issues of social justice, cultural diversity and schooling. The focus is on five students in Years 5 and 6 who attend a primary school located on the edge of a class-privileged area in outer London. The children are all high achievers who are very invested in doing well in school and in life within the parameters of neoliberalism. The paper examines the ways in which neoliberal discourses of performativity and individual responsibilisation permeate the children’s talk in relation to their understandings of education and their future, and their worth and value as students. Such examination enriches the findings of important research in this area that draws attention to the ways in which neoliberal discourses have become naturalised and taken-for-granted in what counts as being a good student and a good citizen. The paper problematises the individualism, competitiveness and anxiety produced by these discourses and provides further warrant for supporting students to identify, challenge and think beyond them. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oxford Review of Education Taylor & Francis

Children of the market: performativity, neoliberal responsibilisation and the construction of student identities

Oxford Review of Education , Volume 42 (1): 15 – Jan 2, 2016
15 pages

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2016 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1465-3915
eISSN
0305-4985
DOI
10.1080/03054985.2016.1142865
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Abstract

AbstractThis paper draws on interview data gathered from a broader study concerned with examining issues of social justice, cultural diversity and schooling. The focus is on five students in Years 5 and 6 who attend a primary school located on the edge of a class-privileged area in outer London. The children are all high achievers who are very invested in doing well in school and in life within the parameters of neoliberalism. The paper examines the ways in which neoliberal discourses of performativity and individual responsibilisation permeate the children’s talk in relation to their understandings of education and their future, and their worth and value as students. Such examination enriches the findings of important research in this area that draws attention to the ways in which neoliberal discourses have become naturalised and taken-for-granted in what counts as being a good student and a good citizen. The paper problematises the individualism, competitiveness and anxiety produced by these discourses and provides further warrant for supporting students to identify, challenge and think beyond them.

Journal

Oxford Review of EducationTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2016

Keywords: Student identities; neoliberalism and schooling; performativity; responsibilisation

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