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The (de)politicisation of the educational problem. An ethnographic/genealogical study of school privatisation in a Chilean city

Corbalan Possel, Francisca J.; (2021) The (de)politicisation of the educational problem. An ethnographic/genealogical study of school privatisation in a Chilean city. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London).

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This thesis contributes to the agenda of de-neoliberalising education by developing a critique of the socio-cultural changes that the neoliberal turn has generated in Chilean society in relation to education. Framing the locus of observation at the level of a city, the research aim is to explore how school privatisation has transformed the modes in which people take part in every day and re-situated the production of the educational realm, through an analysis of how new practices and discourses gradually became the new truth at a local level. My general question regarding the effects of privatisation is who, in the city context, are allowed to problematise education, and where and how do these problematisations take place. The thesis draws upon an ethnographic/genealogical study focused on the city of Rancagua, which included twelve months of fieldwork between 2013 and 2014. The study has a double character, that is both to understand the local assemblage of discourses, practices and subjects that were shaping the school problem at this time, and to trace the historical processes that rendered this present possible, as well as intelligible. While each of the chapters concerned with ‘findings’ focus on specific subjects and urban dynamics affected by school privatisation, together they describe how education gradually ceased to be a public matter –a concern for the polis– becoming instead a de-politicised issue approached privately either as consumer or entrepreneur. On the other hand, the chapters also show that while the political dislocation of the educational question is very evident, both old and new social actors are beginning now to reclaim the right to problematise and make decisions about the daily production of education, as a social field that affects them both individually and collectively.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: The (de)politicisation of the educational problem. An ethnographic/genealogical study of school privatisation in a Chilean city
Event: UCL (University College London)
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2021. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10140002
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