Inequality as meritocracy: the use of the metaphor of diversity and the value of inequality within Singapore's meritocratic education system

Talib, Nadira and Fitzgerald, Richard (2015) Inequality as meritocracy: the use of the metaphor of diversity and the value of inequality within Singapore's meritocratic education system. Critical Discourse Studies, 12 4: 445-462. doi:10.1080/17405904.2015.1034740


Author Talib, Nadira
Fitzgerald, Richard
Title Inequality as meritocracy: the use of the metaphor of diversity and the value of inequality within Singapore's meritocratic education system
Journal name Critical Discourse Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1740-5912
1740-5904
Publication date 2015-10-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17405904.2015.1034740
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 12
Issue 4
Start page 445
End page 462
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines the way the metaphor of diversity provides a moral basis for inequality in Singapore's meritocratic education system. Based upon a collection of policy texts from 2002 to 2012, our analysis illustrates that the metaphor of diversity in policy texts provides ways for systemic discrimination within the education system and that this inequality is given legitimacy as necessary through various moral discourses. The paper employs a critical discourse analysis that draws upon the relationship between language analysis, the philosophical study of valuation, and political economy as a composite formulation of values to highlight the ways in which an argument for inequality permeates policy from within a frame of meritocracy, and to analyse how changes associated with new modes of value determination serve to legitimize inequality.
Keyword Critical discourse analysis
Foucault
Meritocracy
Metaphor
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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