Conditions of domination: reflections on harms generated by the British state education system

Beckmann, Andrea and Cooper, Charlie (2005) Conditions of domination: reflections on harms generated by the British state education system. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 26 (4). pp. 475-489. ISSN 1465-3346

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425690500199842

Abstract

Education in Britain increasingly appears to serve a very narrow notion of pedagogy, partly reflecting the ‘conditions of domination' generated by the rise of the new managerialism in the delivery of public services. In the name of economy, efficiency and effectiveness, social progress is increasingly seen to lie in achieving continual increases in ‘productivity', realised through giving management the absolute freedom to arrange its resources in whatever way it feels appropriate. At the heart of this critical reflection on these contemporary developments lies a concern for the role of education in democratic development, as well as the various harms that are the direct result of a profoundly reductionist and dehumanising ‘education' system. The article concludes by outlining some alternative possibilities for more humane and democratic pedagogical processes.

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Additional Information:Education in Britain increasingly appears to serve a very narrow notion of pedagogy, partly reflecting the ‘conditions of domination' generated by the rise of the new managerialism in the delivery of public services. In the name of economy, efficiency and effectiveness, social progress is increasingly seen to lie in achieving continual increases in ‘productivity', realised through giving management the absolute freedom to arrange its resources in whatever way it feels appropriate. At the heart of this critical reflection on these contemporary developments lies a concern for the role of education in democratic development, as well as the various harms that are the direct result of a profoundly reductionist and dehumanising ‘education' system. The article concludes by outlining some alternative possibilities for more humane and democratic pedagogical processes.
Keywords:Sociology of education
Subjects:L Social studies > L433 Education Policy
N Business and Administrative studies > N224 Management and Organisation of Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:773
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:22 Jun 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:13

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