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Fabricating an identity in neo-liberal times: performing schooling as ‘number one’

Keddie, Amanda, Mills, Martin and Pendergast, Donna 2011, Fabricating an identity in neo-liberal times: performing schooling as ‘number one’, Oxford review of education, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 75-92, doi: 10.1080/03054985.2010.538528.

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Title Fabricating an identity in neo-liberal times: performing schooling as ‘number one’
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Mills, Martin
Pendergast, Donna
Journal name Oxford review of education
Volume number 37
Issue number 1
Start page 75
End page 92
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0305-4985
1465-3915
Summary This paper presents interview data from a case study of ‘Lemontyne College’; a large government school situated in a ‘master planned community’ (MPC) in Australia. The paper draws on Ball’s (2003) theorising of performativity and fabrication to analyse this school’s take up of the status‐oriented corporate discourses of performance, competition and accountability. This theorising brings to light the ways in which the managerial processes at the school, driven by the administration’s embracing of these discourses, shape Lemontyne into an auditable commodity and fabricate an identity around being ‘number 1’. The paper highlights the lack of authenticity of this fabrication by drawing attention to its careful and deliberate construction. Our focus here is on the surveillance and accountability measures required to discipline teachers into this performative sociality and on the alternative reality articulated by teachers in terms of their resistance to this sociality. To these ends, the paper highlights how Lemontyne’s embracing of performative discourses results in a de‐socialisation of schooling relations. We propose that such de‐socialisation compromises efforts in schools to respond productively to social change and in particular to the new equity challenges arising in contexts such as Lemontyne situated in a MPC.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03054985.2010.538528
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
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
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30087477

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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