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The changing relations between education professionals, the state and citizen consumers in Europe: rethinking restructuring as capitalisation
University of Borås, School of Education and Behavioural Science.
2008 (English)In: European Educational Research Journal (online), ISSN 1474-9041, E-ISSN 1474-9041, Vol. 7, no 2, 195-207 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article focuses on research about welfare state restructuring in education and its implications for the teaching profession. Several things are described and discussed. However, amongst the most important are pan-European developments in the social relations of production in education over the past 50 years with respect to the socialisation, habituation and commercialisation of education labour, and a suggested lowering of general standards of public education and increasing class differences in the amount and quality of education consumed by citizens. The idea expressed about this is that neo-liberal restructuring is leading to the creation of apparatuses through which education is objectified for economic accumulation through an outsourcing of functions that were formerly carried out within first domestic and voluntary, and then state arrangements to capitalist enterprises. This is part of a successive privatisation of education services for processes of capitalisation. It consists of an updating of the moral and legal determination of education services by the prevailing standards of market capitalism and an abdication of responsibility for the plight of negatively affected individuals, who, nevertheless, in some intriguing way still often support the system of transformation in question.

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Symposium Journals , 2008. Vol. 7, no 2, 195-207 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2400DOI: 10.2304/eerj.2008.7.2.195Local ID: 2320/3545OAI: diva2:870494
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