1st Edition

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

Edited By Spyros Themelis Copyright 2021
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


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