State theory and the neo-liberal reconstruction of schooling and teacher education: a structuralist neo-Marxist critique of postmodernist, quasi-postmodernist, and culturalist neo-Marxist theory.

Hill, Dave (2001) State theory and the neo-liberal reconstruction of schooling and teacher education: a structuralist neo-Marxist critique of postmodernist, quasi-postmodernist, and culturalist neo-Marxist theory. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 22 (1). pp. 135-155. ISSN 0142-5692

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This paper examines the adequacy of various theories of the state, in relation to the restructuring of schooling and initial teacher education, and education more widely, in England and Wales between 1979 and 2000 by both Conservative and New Labour Governments. The critique advanced is a 'structuralist neo-Marxist' analysis. I distinguish this from a 'culturalist neo-Marxist' analysis, which lays greater stress on five aspects of agency and autonomy. I also briefly critique 'postmodernist' analysis and, in more detail, what I term 'quasi-postmodernist' analyses, associated with Stephen Ball.

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Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Health and Education
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