A white veneer: education policy, space and 'race' in the inner city

Kalervo Gulson

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This paper explores how neo-liberal education policy change and urban renewal in inner Sydney and London has interacted with 'raced' and classed educational identities. I draw on two examples of policy change, the Building the Future policy development in the inner city area of Sydney and the 'Excellence in Cities' partnership programme in East London. The paper outlines, and applies, a spatial education policy sociology framework to explore the interplay of space, place, 'race' and education policy. This paper suggests that in inner Sydney and London 'whiteness' as a racial construct is present but noticeably absent and that this absent presence creates a 'white veneer' around educational policy change and urban renewal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-274
Number of pages16
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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