Educational markets in space : gamekeeping professionals across Australian communities

Doherty, Catherine A., Rissman, Barbara M., & Browning, Bronwyn (2013) Educational markets in space : gamekeeping professionals across Australian communities. Journal of Education Policy, 28(1), pp. 121-152.

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This paper argues that the logic of neoliberal choice policy is typically blind to considerations of space and place, but inevitably impacts on rural and remote locations in the way that middle class professionals view the opportunities available in their local educational markets. The paper considers the value of middle class professionals’ educational capitals in regional communities and their problematic distribution, given that class fraction’s particular investment in choice strategies to ensure their children’s future. It then profiles the educational market in six communities along a transect between a major regional centre and a remote ‘outback’ town, using publicly available data from the Australian government’s ‘My School’ website. Comparison of the local markets shows how educational outcomes are distributed across the local markets and how dimensions of ‘choice’ thin out over the transect. Interview data offers insights into how professional families in these localities engage selectively with these local educational markets, or plan to transcend them. The discussion reflects on the growing importance of educational choices as a marker of place in the competition between localities to attract and retain professionals to staff vital human services in their communities.

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ID Code: 51611
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: markets, middle class, place, choice, neoliberalism
DOI: 10.1080/02680939.2012.692394
ISSN: 0268-0939
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the Journal of Education Policy © [2012] [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [Journal of Education Policy] is available online at:
Deposited On: 15 Jul 2012 22:46
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2017 01:50

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