Deakin University
Browse

File(s) under permanent embargo

Children of the market: performativity, neoliberal responsibilisation and the construction of student identities

journal contribution
posted on 2016-01-02, 00:00 authored by Amanda KeddieAmanda Keddie
This paper draws on interview data gathered from a broader study concerned with examining issues of social justice, cultural diversity and schooling. The focus is on five students in Years 5 and 6 who attend a primary school located on the edge of a class-privileged area in outer London. The children are all high achievers who are very invested in doing well in school and in life within the parameters of neoliberalism. The paper examines the ways in which neoliberal discourses of performativity and individual responsibilisation permeate the children’s talk in relation to their understandings of education and their future, and their worth and value as students. Such examination enriches the findings of important research in this area that draws attention to the ways in which neoliberal discourses have become naturalised and taken-for-granted in what counts as being a good student and a good citizen. The paper problematises the individualism, competitiveness and anxiety produced by these discourses and provides further warrant for supporting students to identify, challenge and think beyond them.

History

Journal

Oxford Review of Education

Volume

42

Pagination

108-122

Location

Basingstoke, Eng.

ISSN

0305-4985

eISSN

1465-3915

Language

English

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Taylor & Francis

Issue

1

Publisher

ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD