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Critical Reflections on the Language of Neoliberalism in Education
Dangerous Words and Discourses of Possibility

Edited By

Spyros Themelis

ISBN 9780367629564
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
246 Pages

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Book Description

Recognizing the dominance of neoliberal forces in education, this volume offers a range of critical essays which analyze the language used to underpin these dynamics.

Combining essays from over 20 internationally renowned contributors, this text offers a critical examination of key terms which have become increasingly central to educational discourse. Each essay considers the etymological foundation of each term, the context in which they have evolved, and likewise their changed meaning. In doing so, these essays illustrate the transformative potential of language to express or challenge political, social, and economic ideologies. The text’s musings on the language of education and its implications for the current and future role of education in society make clear its relevance to today’s cultural and political landscape.

This exploratory monograph will be of interest to doctoral students, researchers, and scholars with an interest in the philosophy of education, educational policy and politics, as well as the sociology of education and the impacts of neoliberalism.

Table of Contents


Part I. Endangering words

  1. Crisis
  2. Glenn Rikowski

  3. Neoliberal globalization
  4. Spyros Themelis

  5. Social value
  6. Ewen Speed

  7. Alienation
  8. Inny Accioly

  9. Hegemony
  10. Alpesh Maisuria

  11. Immiseration
  12. Richard Hall

  13. Commodity
  14. Joss Winn

  15. Social mobility
  16. Spyros Themelis

  17. Social Inclusion
  18. Angela Cator

  19. Markets
  20. Dionysios Gouvias

  21. League tables and Targets
  22. Patrick Yarker

  23. Managerialism
  24. Richard Hall

  25. Employability
  26. Tom G. Griffiths and Bill Robertson

  27. Ability
  28. Patrick Yarker

    Part II. Words of possibility

  29. Essence
  30. Grant Banfield

  31. Reflexivity
  32. Elisabeth Simburger

  33. Utopia
  34. Tom G. Griffiths and Jo Williams

  35. Hope
  36. Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy

  37. Social movements
  38. Laurence Cox

  39. Revolutionary Pedagogy
  40. Peter McLaren

  41. Alternative education
  42. Richard Hall

  43. Youth
  44. Sandra Gadelha and Claudiana Alencar

  45. Educators
  46. Maria Chalari and Eleftheria Atta

  47. School
  48. José Ernandi Mendes

  49. Post-Critical Education
  50. Juan Ramón Rodríguez Fernández

  51. Educational Commons
  52. Yannis Pechtelidis

  53. Socialism

          Dave Hill


Conclusion: Stammering

Mike Neary

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Spyros Themelis is Associate Professor in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK.