Meaningful Inconsistencies: Bicultural Nationhood, the Free Market, and Schooling in Aotearoa/New Zealand

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Berghahn Books, Jul 30, 2009 - Education - 242 pages
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School differentiates students-and provides differential access to various human and material resources-along a range of axes: from elected subjects and academic "achievement" to ethnicity, age, gender, or the language they speak. These categorizations, affected throughout the world by neoliberal reforms that prioritize market forces in transforming educational institutions, are especially stark in societies that recognize their bi- or multicultural makeup through bilingual education. A small town in Aotearoa/New Zealand, with its contemporary shift toward official biculturalism and extensive free-marketization of schooling, is a prime example. Set in the microcosm of a secondary school with a bilingual program, this important volume closely examines not only the implications of categorizing individuals in ethnic terms in their everyday life but also the shapes and meaning of education within the discourse of academic achievement. It is an essential resource for those interested in bilingual education and its effects on the formations of subjectivities, ethnic relations, and nationhood.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Shifting Terrains
25
Chapter 2 Categorizing
40
Chapter 3 Inhabiting Waikaraka High School
68
Chapter 4 Sorting
92
Chapter 5 Calling It Separatist
115
Chapter 6 Imagining Failure
138
Chapter 7 Laughing
156
Chapter 8 Laughing Globally
173
Chapter 9 Dancing
183
Chapter 10 Conclusion and Departure
205
Glossary
209
References
211
Index
225
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Neriko Musha Doerr earned a PhD in anthropology from Cornell University. Her publications have appeared in a number of journals. She currently teaches cultural anthropology at Brookdale Community College, New Jersey.

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