New modalities of state power: neoliberal responsibilisation and the work of academy chains

Keddie, Amanda 2015, New modalities of state power: neoliberal responsibilisation and the work of academy chains, International journal of inclusive education, vol. 19, no. 11, pp. 1190-1205, doi: 10.1080/13603116.2015.1044205.

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Title New modalities of state power: neoliberal responsibilisation and the work of academy chains
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda
Journal name International journal of inclusive education
Volume number 19
Issue number 11
Start page 1190
End page 1205
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1360-3116
Keyword(s) England's academies
academy chains
neoliberal responsibilisation
equity and schooling
Summary This paper draws on interview data gathered as part of a broader study around issues of equity and schooling. It features the voices of the Executive Director and four Head Teachers from one of England's top performing academy chains, ‘CONNECT’. The notion of neoliberal responsibilisation is drawn on to examine, first, the ways in which Head Teachers describe their work and, second, the chain's expectations of them as CONNECT leaders. Responsibilisation of the self was apparent in Head Teachers' construction of themselves as ideal neoliberal workers – performing and enterprising subjects who readily accept the business principles and results-orientation of their ‘data-driven’ environment. Responsibilising of Head Teachers by the organisation was evident in the rigorous ‘non-negotiable’ standards and accountabilities at CONNECT that they were expected to comply with. These non-negotiables cultivated and rewarded Head Teachers’ entrepreneurial identity of achievement motivation. The paper illustrates how such neoliberal responsibilisation is both a crucial and highly troubling element in the work of academy chains as new modalities of state power.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13603116.2015.1044205
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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