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Textual strategies of representation and legitimation in New Labour policy discourse.

Mulderrig, Jane (2007) Textual strategies of representation and legitimation in New Labour policy discourse. In: Renewing dialogues in Marxism and education : openings. Marxism and education . Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 135-150. ISBN 9781403974969

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Abstract

This chapter presents a critical discourse analysis of education policy texts issued under the New Labour government. The analysis focuses on the discourse representation of key educational actors, as well as the discourse strategies by which policy decisions are legitimated. In order to interpret the sociological significance of the findings, the data is interpreted in relation to its wider socio-economic context. It is postulated that a broadly instrumental rationality underlies the representation of educational actors. This is theorised as an indicator of a general shift towards the commodification of education that stems in part from a subordination of social to economic policy. Furthermore, the texts build an inclusive and vague social identity for the government, which is shown to play a significant role in constructing an apparent consensus over neoliberal policy statements.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical discourse analsyis of new labour education policy rhetoric
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 777
Deposited By: Dr Jane M Mulderrig
Deposited On: 21 Nov 2007
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 22:08
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/777

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