The tyranny of no alternative: co-operating in a competitive marketplace

Mills, Martin (2015) The tyranny of no alternative: co-operating in a competitive marketplace. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 19 11: 1172-1189. doi:10.1080/13603116.2015.1044204

Author Mills, Martin
Title The tyranny of no alternative: co-operating in a competitive marketplace
Journal name International Journal of Inclusive Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-3116
Publication date 2015-05-20
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13603116.2015.1044204
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 11
Start page 1172
End page 1189
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper explores the decisions made by one secondary school in a major English city to become a co-operative academy. This school is located in an area affected by economic hardship and social and cultural tensions. The school, prior to its conversion to an academy, was well known in the local area for its commitment to social justice principles. Drawing on interview data collected from senior administrators, teachers, governors and students in the school, this paper seeks to understand why a school with a commitment to social justice would go down the academy route given the social justice concerns raised by such a move. This paper also considers if becoming a co-operative academy presents an ironic opportunity to resist many of the current regressive educational trends epitomised by academisation. This paper suggests that within the current English context, as in many other locations, a socially just approach to schooling requires alternatives to be explored and that the case study school's engagement with the Co-operative Society might present one such exploration.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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