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
- Neoliberal globalization
- Social value
- Social mobility
- Social Inclusion
- League tables and Targets
- Social movements
- Revolutionary Pedagogy
- Alternative education
- Post-Critical Education
- Educational Commons
Tom G. Griffiths and Bill Robertson
Part II. Words of possibility
Tom G. Griffiths and Jo Williams
Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy
Sandra Gadelha and Claudiana Alencar
Maria Chalari and Eleftheria Atta
José Ernandi Mendes
Juan Ramón Rodríguez Fernández
Spyros Themelis is Associate Professor in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia (UEA), UK.