New modalities of state power: Neoliberal responsibilisation and the work of academy chains

Keddie, Amanda (2015) New modalities of state power: Neoliberal responsibilisation and the work of academy chains. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 19 11: 1190-1205. doi:10.1080/13603116.2015.1044205

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Author Keddie, Amanda
Title New modalities of state power: Neoliberal responsibilisation and the work of academy chains
Journal name International Journal of Inclusive Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-3116
1464-5173
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13603116.2015.1044205
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 11
Start page 1190
End page 1205
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper draws on interview data gathered as part of a broader study around issues of equity and schooling. It features the voices of the Executive Director and four Head Teachers from one of England's top performing academy chains, ‘CONNECT’. The notion of neoliberal responsibilisation is drawn on to examine, first, the ways in which Head Teachers describe their work and, second, the chain's expectations of them as CONNECT leaders. Responsibilisation of the self was apparent in Head Teachers' construction of themselves as ideal neoliberal workers – performing and enterprising subjects who readily accept the business principles and results-orientation of their ‘data-driven’ environment. Responsibilising of Head Teachers by the organisation was evident in the rigorous ‘non-negotiable’ standards and accountabilities at CONNECT that they were expected to comply with. These non-negotiables cultivated and rewarded Head Teachers’ entrepreneurial identity of achievement motivation. The paper illustrates how such neoliberal responsibilisation is both a crucial and highly troubling element in the work of academy chains as new modalities of state power.
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