The Developing World and State Education

Libro editado por Dave Hill, Ellen Rosskam
Routledge. Reino Unido, 2008. 260 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-415-95776-2

About the Book

Neoliberalism has had a major impact on schooling and education in the Developing World, with social repercussions that have affected the salaries of teachers, the number and type of potential students, the availability of education, the cost of education, and more. This edited collection argues that the privatization of public services and the capitalization and commodification of education have resulted in the establishment of competitive markets that are marked by selection, exclusion and inequality.
The contributors - academics and organization/social movement activists - examine aspects of neoliberal arguments focusing on low- and middle-income countries (including Chile, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, China, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Burkina Faso, Mozambique and South Africa), and suggest where they fall short. Their arguments center around the assumption that education is not a commodity to be bought and sold, as education and the capitalist market hold opposing goals, motivations, methods, and standards of excellence.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dave Hill
1. Introduction Ellen Rosskam
2. Neoliberalism and Education in Latin America: Entrenched Problems, Emerging Alternatives Adam Davidson-Harden and Daniel Schugurensky
3. World Bank and the Privatization of Public Education: A Mexican Perspective Gian Carlo Delgado-Ramos and John Saxe-Fernández
4. Argentina: Growth, Height, and Crisis of Teachers’ Opposition to Neoliberal Reforms 1991-2001 Julián Gindin
5. Venezuela: Higher Education, Neoliberalism and Socialism Thomas Muhr and Antoni Verger
6. Legacy Against Possibility: 25 Years of Neo-liberal Policy in Chile Jill Pinkney Pastrana
7. A Class Perspective on the New Actors and Their Demands from the Turkish Education System Fuat Ercan and Ferda Uzunyayla
8. The Neo-Liberalization of Education Services (Not Including Higher Education): Impacts on Workers’ Socio-Economic Security, Access to Services, Democratic Accountability and Equity: A Case Study of Pakistan Ahmad Mukhtar
9. State, Inequality and Politics of Capital: The Neoliberal Scourge in Education Ravi Kumar
10. Global and Neoliberal Forces at Work in Education in Burkina Faso: The Resistance of Education Workers Touorouzou Hervé Somé
11. From “Abjectivity” to Subjectivity: Education Research and Resistance in South Africa Salim Vally, Enver Motala and Brian Ramadiro
12. Mozambique: Neocolonialism and the Remasculinization of Democracy João M. Paraskeva
13. From the State to the Market? China’s Education at a Crossroads Ka Ho Mok and Yat Wai Lo