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Factories for LearningMaking Race, Class and Inequality in the Neoliberal Academy$
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Christy Kulz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526116178

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526116178.001.0001

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Building new narratives: academies, aspiration and the education market

Building new narratives: academies, aspiration and the education market

(p.1) 1 Building new narratives: academies, aspiration and the education market
Factories for Learning

Christy Kulz

Manchester University Press

This chapter introduces readers to Dreamfields Academy, a flagship secondary academy located in the English city of Goldport. It also introduces the academy program more generally and its roots within marketised education reforms of the 1980s. Academies presented an apolitical, technocratic means of overwriting narratives of educational failure in urban boroughs and securing investment. Yet through this process spaces of negotiation formerly provided by local authorities were forced out of existence as power is transferred to central government and its private sector partners. These reforms do not aim to provide practical equality, but focus on individualized aspiration while instating authoritarian methods as a means of disciplining racialised and classed populations.

Keywords:   education policy, marketization, social mobility, authoritarianism, nationalism

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