Making Workers: Radical Geographies of Education (Radical Geography)

Making Workers: Radical Geographies of Education (Radical Geography)

By: Katharyne Mitchell (author)Paperback

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As globalisation transforms the organisation of society, so too is its impact felt in the classroom. Katharyne Mitchell argues that schools are spaces in which neoliberal practices are brought to bear on the lives of children. Education's narratives, actors and institutions play a pivotal role in the social and political formation of youth as workers in a capitalist economy. Mitchell looks at the formation of student identity and allegiance -as well as spaces of resistance. She investigates the transition to educational narratives emphasising flexibility and strategic global entrepreneurialism and examines the role of education in a broader political project of producing new generations of economically insecure but compliant workers. Scrutinising the impact of an influx of new actors, practices and policies, Mitchell argues that public education is the latest institution to embrace the neoliberal logic of 'choice' - pertaining to schools, faculty, and curricula - that, if unchallenged, will lead to further incursions of the market and increased socioeconomic inequality.

About Author

Katharyne Mitchell is Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is author and editor of several books, including Practicising Public Scholarship (2008).


Preface Part I: Geographies of Work and Education 1. Uneven Development, Divisons of Labor, and the Search for Jobs 2. Creating the Entrepreneurial Child Part II: Flexible Work, Strategic Workers 3. From Multicultural Citizen to Global Businessman 4. Geographies of Life-long Learning and the Knowledge Economy - Katharyne Mitchell with Key MacFarlane 5. Global Restructuring and Challenges to Citizenship Part III: The Reform Coalition 6. Market Philanthropy in Education 7. The Choice Machine and the Road to Privatization - Katharyne Mitchell with Key MacFarlane Part IV: Geographies of Resistance, Acts of Citizenship 8. Taking Back our Schools and Cities 9. Conclusion: Paying Deep Attention

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  • ISBN13: 9780745399850
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 208
  • ID: 9780745399850
  • ISBN10: 0745399851

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