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Education Policy and Racial Biopolitics in Multicultural Cities$
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Kalervo N. Gulson and P. Taylor Webb

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447320074

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447320074.001.0001

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Neoliberalism and the commodification of identity

Neoliberalism and the commodification of identity

(p.67) Neoliberalism and the commodification of identity
Education Policy and Racial Biopolitics in Multicultural Cities

Kalervo N. Gulson

P. Taylor Webb

Policy Press

*There is an extensive literature, over the course of 25 years, that identifies neoliberalism as a political-economic theory that utilises the efficiencies of market economics to develop and legitimate government priorities and practices. Neoliberalism also promotes forms of social organisation that emphasise individuals’ freedom of choice, and has emphasised ways to increase the educational choices of those who have been racialised as Black or African American. Neoliberalism calls for ‘freedom’, mostly understood in relation to the rights of the individual to market participation and of markets themselves to operate without interference from the state (...

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