'Neoliberal spatial technologies': on the practices of educational policy change

Kalervo Gulson

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This paper explores the spatial dimensions of neoliberalism, in relation to educational policy change in the inner-city of Sydney, Australia. It offers a response to Peck and Tickell's challenge that studies of neoliberalism are often undertaken as discrete macro- or micro-analyses without attention to the links between, and across, these scales. The paper posits the notion of 'neoliberal spatial technologies', a bricolage of neoliberalism, governmentality and relational space, to contribute to cross-scalar understandings of neoliberalism in relation to inner-city educational policy change. An adumbrated analysis is presented of the practices surrounding the outcome of educational policy change in inner-Sydney. The paper concludes that these practices, drawing on discourses of neoliberalism and relational space, constitute particular students as possible neoliberal educational subjects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-195
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Studies in Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

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