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Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education$
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Helen M. Gunter, David Hall, and Michael W. Apple

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447326809

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447326809.001.0001

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Political and corporate elites and localised educational policy-making: the case of Kingswood Academy

Political and corporate elites and localised educational policy-making: the case of Kingswood Academy

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(p.191) Thirteen Political and corporate elites and localised educational policy-making: the case of Kingswood Academy
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Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education
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Ruth McGinity

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447326809.003.0014

This chapter reports on data and analysis to theorise the role that both corporate and political elites played in the development and enactment of localised policy-making at Kingswood Academy; a secondary school in the North of England. The analysis offered reveals how a single case-study school provides an important site to explore the ways in which the educational policy environment provides the conditions for elites to play a significant role in the development and delivery of localised policy processes in England. Bourdieu (1986; 1992) provides the thinking tools to undertake this theoretical and intellectual work, and I deploy his conceptualisation of misrecognition as a means of interrogating how the involvement of corporate and political elites in the processes of localised policy-making reproduces the hierarchised power of particular networks, which ultimately contribute to the privatisation of educational ‘goods’ as marketised commodities.

Keywords:   localised policy making, misrecognition, networks, privitisation, social capital

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