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Capitalism without capital: the intangible economy of education reform

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posted on 2019-01-01, 00:00 authored by Emma RoweEmma Rowe
This paper explores third-wave post-neoliberalism as an assemblage, fractured and dis/embodied, a mobile tool of governance articulated in various shapes across geopolitical sites. Post-neoliberalism is assembled alongside other key cultural shifts, such as post-truth, posthuman and the computational turn. In light of this Special Issue, this paper will argue that education reform is not only shaped by neoliberal drivers, such as marketisation, competition and decentralisation, but a central tenet of post-neoliberal reform is the presence of the intangible; ‘big data’ and data-fication, shaped by prominent globalised datasets such as OECD PISA, artificial intelligence, predictive software and complex algorithms. Measurement is far from new in the capitalist economy, but this economy seeks to measure the intangibles, that which does not necessarily exist in three-dimensional spaces. This is, as I will argue in this paper, the mark of capitalism without capital and the rise of the intangible economy in schooling.

History

Journal

Discourse: studies in the cultural politics of education

Volume

40

Issue

2

Season

Exploring Alternatives to The ‘Neoliberalism’ Critique: New Language for Contemporary Global Reform

Pagination

271 - 279

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0159-6306

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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