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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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‘Urban children’ meet the ‘buffer zone’: mapping the inequitable foundations of Dreamfields’ conveyor belt

‘Urban children’ meet the ‘buffer zone’: mapping the inequitable foundations of Dreamfields’ conveyor belt

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Factories for Learning
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Christy Kulz

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526116178.003.0005

This chapter unpicks how the inherent normality of the middle classes embedded within Dreamfields’ ethos intersects with race and is compounded by the education marketplace's demand for results. These parameters shape teacher and student negotiations, while students' social groupings are structured by institutional norms that they navigate from various positions within Dreamfields’ hierarchy. Supposedly more expressive black bodies are consistently more heavily policed in the playground, while performing 'whiter' forms of comportment is a tactic used to reduce student surveillance. Principal Culford demands a 'no excuses culture’, yet this 'no excuses' mantra divorces students from their social positioning, trivializing continued hardship, institutionalized racism and moral value judgements.

Keywords:   Social structures, Class privilege, Racialisation, Inequality, Discipline, Teachers, Students

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