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From redistribution to recognition to representation: social injustice and the changing politics of education

Power, Sally A. R. ORCID: 2012. From redistribution to recognition to representation: social injustice and the changing politics of education. Globalisation, Societies and Education 10 (4) , pp. 473-492. 10.1080/14767724.2012.735154

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This paper attempts to analyse current developments in education through exploring shifts in the politics of education over time. Rather than looking at education policy in terms of political provenance (left or right) or ideological underpinnings (the state or the market, the public or the private), the paper compares education policies in terms of the domains of social injustice which they address. Based on Nancy Fraser's theorisation of different kinds of social justice, the paper uses examples from England to show how the politics of education have sequentially attempted to address injustices in economic, cultural and political domains. This has resulted in a changing orientation from a politics of redistribution to a politics of recognition and, in recent years, to a politics of representation. This approach reveals the complexity of educational inequalities and the fragility and incomplete nature of strategies to address them. It also provides a fruitful framework for the comparative analysis of the politics of education which can link the detail with the bigger picture.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: education policy; social justice; Nancy Fraser; redistribution; recognition; representation
Additional Information: This paper was published simultaneously in France as 'Redistribution, reconnaissance et représentation: parcours de la lutte contre l’injustice et des changements de politique éducative', Education et Sociétés, 29 (1), 27-44, Print ISSN 1782-1428, Online ISSN 1373-847X, doi 10.3917/es.029.0027
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1476-7724
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:23

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