A Market in Waste: psychic and structural dimensions of school-choice policy in the UK and children's narratives on 'demonized' schools

Helen Lucey, Diane Reay

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Transformations in local secondary schools markets in the UK have not simply been accomplished at a structural and policy level: social changes are crosscut by fiction and fantasy that resonate with and implicate subjects at the level of the personal. Drawing on a study of children's transitions to secondary school, we analyse the emotional processes through which particular schools come to be 'demonized' in the minds of Year 6 children, consider the impact such damaging discourses have on children who were to go to those schools, and explore connections between social and psychic realities in the increasing polarization of secondary schools. We examine the impact of discourses of race and racism on the psychic construction of 'good' and 'bad' schools and explore how this connected with family practices of secondary school choice and current constructions of UK local educational markets.
LanguageEnglish
Pages253-266
Number of pages14
JournalDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatusPublished - 2002

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