Category Archives: Neoliberalism and The New Right

Neoliberalism and the Production of Subjectivity

This is a brief summary of Jason Read’s: A Genealogy of Homo-Economicus: Neoliberalism and the Production of Subjectivity (2009) Introduction Neoliberalism represents a fundamental shift in ideology – firstly, it is not generated from the state, but from the quotidian … Continue reading

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Are Downshifters Resisting Neoliberalism?

This is a summary of Verdow: The subject who thinks economically? Comparative money subjectivities in neoliberal context The findings below are based on a comparative study of the money values of 3 groups of Australian generation Xers -‘ordinary’ low and … Continue reading

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What is the Neoliberal Subject?

What are the key aspects of the neoliberal subject? Below is a brief summary of some of the key theorizing around and indicators of the successful neoliberal subject, drawn from Verdouw 2016 (1) They are an entrepreneurial, competitive creature, forming … Continue reading

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Neoliberalism in Conservative and New Labour Education Policy (1979-1997)

The resurgence of neoliberalism between 1979 to 1997 resulted in a rolling back of the collectivist principles of welfare state and a return to Victorian era individualsim, a reassertion of the twin pillars of individual liberty defined as freedom to … Continue reading

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The Neoliberal Approach to Education Reform

Stephen Ball argues that there are four central mechanisms through which neoliberalism has transformed the British education system (these are also the mechanisms of public service reform more generally): Top down performance management Greater competitivenss and contestability Choice and voice … Continue reading

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Care of the self, resistance and subjectivity under neoliberal governmentalities – A Summary

In this recent article – Care of the self, resistance and subjectivity under neoliberal subjectivities Stephen Ball (2012)  effectively argues that teachers who resist the multiple demands of professionalism and just struggle to be themselves are resisting the dominant discourses … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s Political Appointments – TNCs to shape U.S. Social Policy?

Trump’s political appointments seem to illustrate an extreme neoliberal approach to politics – those who are successful at business are being placed into senior positions in the U.S. political system which will allow them more power to shape domestic and … Continue reading

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Evaluating the The New Right View of the Family

CIVITAS is one of the best examples of an organisation which represents the New Right View of the Family, and the decline of the nuclear family and increase the the number of single parent families is one of the social … Continue reading

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Sociology in the News (4)

Three articles about the close and friendly relationship between politicians and big business caught my attention this week. The three articles below all illustrate how the Marxist critical theory is still relevant, and also serve as good examples of why … Continue reading

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Sociology in the News (2)

Application of sociology to a few recent news events. 1. The Death of the Duke of Westminster Following the death of his father, the new Duke of Westminster has inherited a £9 bn fortune – making him the third richest … Continue reading

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