Engaging youth at risk : the language of exclusion

Brader, Andy (2004) Engaging youth at risk : the language of exclusion. In Vadeboncoeur, J. & Jervis-Tracey, P. (Eds.) Crossing Boundaries : Perspectives across Paradigms in Educational Research. Australian Academic Press, Bowen Hills, Qld, pp. 39-69.


Using New Public Management (NPM) strategies, governments throughout the world are rewriting their education policies to meet the demands of the knowledge economy(Bamber, 2001, Millar, 1995). To address this change of emphasis Fairclough (1995,2003) and colleagues called for multi-disciplinary discourse analysis of “the language in the new capitalism” (LNC Network, 2004). In this chapter, I respond to Fairclough’s request as a practitioner examining education policies aimed at disaffected youth. The global dominance and availability of NPM discourses sustain a “professional-client” trajectory of core education services. In terms of funding, policies and procedures these education discourses display hallmark characteristics of the language of the new capitalism. In this chapter, I argue that educators can create innovative, appropriate challenges to such language patterns and the structural inequalities they maintain.

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ID Code: 19578
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Youth, Young people, At risk, exclusion, discourse
ISBN: 1875378537
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Education Policy (160506)
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 15 Apr 2009 04:41
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2015 23:22

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