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Palgrave Macmillan

Inequality, Poverty, Education

A Political Economy of School Exclusion

ISBN 9781137347008
Publication Date February 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

This book develops a political economy and a genealogy of school exclusion in order to reveal exclusion to be a symptom of more fundamental issues relating to poverty and inequality, reflected in the role of the state in managing their consequences, particularly regarding juvenile delinquency. It uses archival and documentary evidence to uncover the roots of exclusionary practices in political and economic struggles going back to the 19th century. These conflicts have had decisive effects on key shifts in social and educational policy from the Poor Law Reforms of 1834 to the emergence of the welfare state and the current neoliberal reconstitution of society according to the model of the market. In arguing that competing views of an equitable and just society underlie exclusion, the analysis opens up a space for envisaging radical new approaches and practices for dealing with children in trouble.

Francesca Ashurst is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK. 
 
Couze Venn is Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Associate Research Fellow at Johannesburg University.

1. Introduction: Elements for a Political Economy of Exclusion

2. Pauperism, Delinquency, and Learning to Labour

3. Labour, Poverty and the Export of Destitute Children as 'Waste'

4. Security, Population and the New Management of the Poor

5. Disciplining and Punishment: the New Exclusionary Regime Emerges

6. Ragged Schools, Child-Centred Education and the Struggle for Egalitarian Politics

7. Mettray: Normalisation or Rescue?

8. The Institutionalisation of Exclusion within Education

9. 'No More Excuses' Neoliberalism and the New Exclusion

Reviews

"This book provides a penetrating, moving and deeply sobering genealogical account of how some of the most vulnerable children insociety have been categorised, treated and ultimately excluded from education in the United Kingdom ... This book should be read by every person who works within the education system today and by every beginning teacher so that we can start to reclaim our human values." - Gabrielle Ivinson, Subjectivity
"Inequality, Poverty, Education is an inspiring and well-crafted book, which looks at the political economy of school exclusion through the lenses of Foucauldian genealogy." - Maria Tamboukou, Subjectivity
"Inequality, Poverty, Education has powerful, emotionally charged and intellectually compelling examples of working-class childrensent to the poor houses ... beautifully crafted." - Diane Reay, Subjectivity
"This is a penetrating, moving and deeply sobering genealogical account of how some of the most vulnerable children in society have been categorised, treated and ultimately excluded from education in the UK, but specifically in England and Wales... This is a book, for educational scholars of every hue and one that we should ask every beginning teacher to read." - EITN
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