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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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Remaking inequalities in the neoliberal institution

Remaking inequalities in the neoliberal institution

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Factories for Learning

Christy Kulz

Manchester University Press

Firstly this chapter discusses how Dreamfields’ 'oasis in the desert' allegedly built to transform urban children is changing urban culture in unanticipated ways. Besides grafting cultural capital onto students, it actively seeks out those who already have the capitals it requires to excel in the education market. Secondly, it explores how race and class are lived out in Dreamfields’ neoliberal regime. Whiteness does not rely on the white subject to be materialised, while the racialised subject is conceptualised through the lens of class. Both pathological blackness and dirty whiteness can be 'lost' through the application of middle-class behaviours, yet this shift requires labour, loss and conformity. Thirdly, the allure of the ‘good life’ acts a powerful tool of neoliberal governance that motivates many parents, students and teachers to willingly embrace Dreamfields’ demands. Finally, the chapter reviews how recent policy developments further centralize education and curtail participation, yet suggests there are cracks appearing in this consensus.

Keywords:   Education policy, Academies, Mobility dreams, Urban culture, Race, Class, Inequality, Neoliberal governance, Fantasy, Value

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