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The governance of education; how neo-liberalism is transforming policy and practice.


The governance of education; how neo-liberalism is transforming policy and practice.

Harris, Suzy.

Continuum Publishing Group


177 pages




After constructing a sociological analysis of neoliberalism that shows how it is totalizing and instrumentalist and therefore leads to an impoverished view of education, Harris (education, U. of Sheffield) argues that a more philosophical critique is required in order to find a richer and bolder response to neoliberal thinking. Drawing on the work of Hannah Arendt and Jan Masschelein, her philosophical critique finds that neoliberalism is essentially typified by zoe, or the mere preservation of life, as opposed to bios, an authentically human life. She then goes on to examine how being governed by zoe impoverishes the domains of the community, the school, and the university, drawing most of her concrete examples from the UK.

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Date:May 1, 2008
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