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Following performative imaginations: Social enterprises, policy networks, and reforming primary education in Bangladesh

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journal contribution
posted on 2024-06-05, 23:52 authored by Rino Wiseman AdhikaryRino Wiseman Adhikary, B Lingard
Drawing upon research in Bangladesh, we highlight the role of “imagination” in the way policy networks pursued social entrepreneurial reforms within primary education and NGO sectors. Applying a cultural globalisation lens to network ethnography as method, we found such preemptive “imaginations” to be performative insofar as key network actors mentally constructed locally governable worlds of policy as a part of their day-to-day work. These actors worked in and after their imagination by mentally scripting policy problems and reforms solutions in terms of imagined governable communities, reform aspirations, and dedicated discourses. Exemplifying and institutionalising reforms even partially, these actors mentally navigated webs of actions, practices, logics, relationships, resources, and other actors. Analysing interview data and documents we investigated three policy networks.

History

Journal

International Journal of Educational Research

Volume

116

Article number

102086

Pagination

102086-102086

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0883-0355

Language

eng

Publication classification

C2 Other contribution to refereed journal

Publisher

Elsevier