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Neoliberal policy and the meaning of counterintuitive middle-class school choices

James, D., Reay, D., Crozier, G., Beedell, P., Hollingworth, S., Jamieson, F. and Williams, K. (2010) Neoliberal policy and the meaning of counterintuitive middle-class school choices. Current Sociology, 58 (4). p. 623. ISSN 0011-3921 Available from:

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This paper considers how the nature and effects of neoliberal policy in education are illuminated by the outcomes of a study of white middle class families choosing ordinary state secondary schools in England. Having described the main features of the study and some of its findings, consideration is given to specific ‘global’ dimensions – one in terms of parental perceptions and the other drawing upon analysis of the global effects of neoliberalism, an example of which is illustrated with reference to an influential UK policy. We conclude that the conditions so generated not only provide advantages to those making conventional choices in keeping with a marketised service, but that they may also bring advantages to middle class families making ‘counter-intuitive’ choices as well.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:educational policy, middle class, neoliberalism, school choice
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Education
ID Code:11498
Deposited By: A. Lawson
Deposited On:13 Sep 2010 09:38
Last Modified:30 Sep 2015 18:35

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