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Progressive Neoliberalism in Education
Critical Perspectives on Manifestations and Resistance

ISBN 9781032123059
Published August 15, 2022 by Routledge
230 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume makes the novel contribution of applying Nancy Fraser’s concept of progressive neoliberalism to education in order to illustrate how social justice efforts have been co-opted by neoliberal forces.

As well as recognising the lack of consensus surrounding the very nature of Fraser’s concept of progressive neoliberalism, the book delivers a diversity of perspectives and methodological orientations that offer critical and nuanced examination of the diverse ways in which progressive neoliberalism has shaped education in North America. Documenting manifestations of progressive neoliberalism in areas including anti-racist education, teacher education, STEM, and assessment, the volume uses qualitative empirical research and critical discourse analysis to identify emerging tools and strategies to disentangle the progressive aims of education from neoliberal agendas.

Offering a rarely nuanced treatment of the phenomenon of neoliberalism, this text will benefit scholars, academics, and students in the fields of education policy and politics, the sociology of education, and the philosophy of education more broadly. Those involved with the theory of education and multicultural education in general will also benefit from this volume.

Table of Contents

Part I: Conceptual Critiques of Progressive Neoliberalism in Education

  1. Introduction: The Twin Motors of Neoliberalism and Progressivism
  2. Ajay Sharma, Mardi Schmeichel, and Elizabeth Wurzburg

  3. Progressive Neoliberalism and the Poverty of the Educational Imaginary
  4. Graham B. Slater and Alexander J. Means

  5. Dreaming of Global Ecosocialist Futures: Possible Contributions from Science and Technology Education
  6. J. Lawrence Bencze

    Part II: Manifestations of Progresive Neoliberalism in Education

  7. The Progressive Neoliberal Proxy: "Colonizing" Empowerment, Choice, and Equity in a Midwest Charter Network
  8. Angela Kraemer-Holland and Alexandra Cruz

  9. Progressive Neoliberal Teacher Education: Antithetical to Social Justice Teacher Education?
  10. Andrew F. Miller and Elizabeth Stringer Keefe

  11. Teachers as Superheroes: Ethical Jeopardy and Progressive Neoliberalism
  12. Rachel Ranschaert, Ajay Sharma, and Ruth Harman

  13. Reframing Progressive Neoliberalism: The Rhetoric of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos
  14. Kerry Ann McKeon

  15. Postfeminism, Progressive Neoliberalism, and Teacher Influencers
  16. Mardi Schmeichel, Stacey Kerr, and Elizabeth Wurzburg

  17. Progressive Neoliberalism in Action: President Biden Sides with Capital in Mandating K-12 Testing in 2021
  18. Stephanie Jones

  19. The Progressive Neoliberalism of Teach For America
  20. Elisabeth E. Lefebvre, Matthew A.M. Thomas, and Katherine Crawford-Garrett

    Part III: Emerging Tools and Strategies to Disentangle Progressive Neoliberalism and Education

  21. The Capture of International Education by Progressive Neoliberalism: Illuminations, Qualifications, and Educating Beyond
  22. Paul Tarc

  23. The Chicago Teachers Unions as Counterhegemony: Organized Resistance During COVID-19
  24. Rhiannon Maton

  25. We (Re) Member: Progressive Neoliberalism and School Closure
  26. Shakita Thomas Kpetay

  27. Progressive Neoliberalism: Overview and Possible Futures

    Ajay Sharma, Mardi Schmeichel, and Elizabeth Wurzburg

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Ajay Sharma is Associate Professor of Educational Theory and Practice, University of Georgia, USA.

Mardi Schmeichel is Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

Elizabeth Wurzburg is Assistant Clinical Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia, USA.