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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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Cohering contradictions and manufacturing belief in Dreamfields’ ‘good empire’

Cohering contradictions and manufacturing belief in Dreamfields’ ‘good empire’

(p.58) 4 Cohering contradictions and manufacturing belief in Dreamfields’ ‘good empire’
Factories for Learning

Christy Kulz

Manchester University Press

This chapter shows how Dreamfields’ rigid discipline is made palatable and even welcomed by promoting a belief in the institution, its methods and its benefits to individual, aspirational futures. Repetition and morality tales are used to smooth over the various contradictions and ambiguities inherent in Dreamfields’ approach. Principal Culford assumes the combined role of saviour, hero, military commander and business executive in this rigidly hierarchical operation, leading a redemptive troupe of teachers-as-surrogate parents who assiduously labour to redeem a twenty-first century 'urban residuum'. Crafting 'appropriate' aesthetic appearances and reiterating Dreamfields’ superior position in the education market are also facets of this indoctrination process, offering powerful proof of institutional validity and providing a sweetener allowing the often unpleasant, tiring medicine of discipline to go down smoothly.

Keywords:   Aspiration, Social mobility, Gender, Body, Labour conditions, Ambiguity, Power

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