‘Smart state’ for a knowledge economy : reconstituting creativity through student subjectivity

Hay, Stephen & Kapitzke, Cushla (2009) ‘Smart state’ for a knowledge economy : reconstituting creativity through student subjectivity. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30(2), pp. 151-164.

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Rejecting notions of creativity as self-realisation through free expression, this article argues that such discourses currently driving education policy comprise intellectual technologies for the production of student subjectivities required by neoliberal contexts. Using a governmentality framework, it locates the conditions of possibility for the creative subject within policy articulations of the global knowledge economy and emerging rationalities of risk and uncertainty. The analysis focuses on an industry school partnership formed by a state education system in Queensland, Australia, and several multinational corporations. It examines how the partnership has emerged as a novel neoliberal space for the constitution of new education figures such as the enterprising teacher and the entrepreneurial student-worker. These subjectivities are functional to the devolved governing strategy of social investment, which seeks to achieve a broad reconstitution of relationships between students, schools, communities and industry in Queensland.

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ID Code: 17286
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: education policy, creativity, globalisation, risk, uncertainty, governmentality, industry school policy, curricular reform, Boeing Incorporated, Aerospace Studies, Queensland Smart State Strategy
DOI: 10.1080/01425690802700206
ISSN: 0142-5692
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Education Policy (160506)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2009 23:44
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:55

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