Blair's Educational Legacy Thirteen Years of New Labour

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-12-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This volume arises in consideration of over ten years of the British New Labour government and its education policy around the time of the leadership change from Tony Blair to Gordon Brown and its emergent aftermath. Set against the changing political and economic contexts of the British state's responses to global and neo-liberal pressures, the chapters report and discuss specific aspects of education policy and practices. Central themes include: capitalization and increasing corporate involvement; knowledge economy and its impact in higher education; emergent ‘new public management' in Further Education sector; changing forms of school governance; the ‘Academies' policy; changing curriculum and neo-liberal erosions; education, human capital and prospects for radical alternatives; education policy and ' race' policy; gender and class. The book marks a timely contribution to Marxist analysis and left critical assessment and is the first such collection addressing New Labour education policy. The volume will be of interest to scholars and education critical activists across the Anglo-Saxon academic community in UK; USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and more generally to those concerned with the deflection of progressive aspirations for education into conservative directions and structures.

Author Biography

Anthony Green is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Anthony Green * Capitalisation by Stealth: The Business Takeover of Schools in England--Glenn Rikowski * All the Wrong Answers: Labour’s Corporate-Centred Education Initiatives--Kevin Farnsworth * The Knowledge-based Economy and the Transformation of Higher Education: Issues concerning enclosing and protecting the intellectual commons--Molly Bellamy * The Professional Imagination: Further Education Professionalism in and beyond a Neo-liberal Context--Denis Gleeson * The Privatisation of Education Phase II: Perspectives on state schools the private sector and ten years of a Labour government--Thakir Hafid * Management and Governance of the School System--Richard Hatcher * City: Academies, Alienation, Economism and Contending Forces for Change--Philip Woods * Curriculum Change in the Blair Years--Terry Wrigley * Education still make you sick under Gordon Brown, Innit?--Martin Allen & Patrick Ainley * Ten Years of Education Policy and ‘Race’ Inequality: Whiteness or Neo-liberal Practice?--Alpesh Maisuria * Gendered Practices in Education--Rosalyn George & John Wadsworth

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