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Neoliberalism, working class subjects and higher education

Walkerdine, Valerie 2011. Neoliberalism, working class subjects and higher education. Contemporary Social Science 6 (2) , pp. 255-271. 10.1080/21582041.2011.580621

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This is a moment of post neo-liberalism in which aspiration and the constant working on qualifications is seen as a central trope of current modes of governance of higher education, alongside the contrary evidence about working-class students' access to universities in the UK and elsewhere. It is claimed that working-class children lack aspiration, which they appear not to have gained despite all the attempts and government policies. This paper explores the issue of working-class students going on to higher education by thinking about the centrality of fantasy and imagination, using the work of Felix Guattari to bring together working-class imagination and imagining the university of the future.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 2158-2041
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:32

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