SEMINAR: Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series
|Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series : The governing parent-citizen: School governance, policy reform and divisions of parent labour
Internationally, major policy reforms seek to deepen parent and community engagement in schools. Yet whilst pervasive in policy documents, discourses surrounding ‘parent engagement’ are elastic and imprecise, ultimately gaining meaning through the technologies of governance that emerge when policies are enacted in schools. In this paper, we examine how one major reform movement in Australia is articulating new roles for parents and community members in schools: the 'Independent Public Schools' initiative in Western Australia. We argue that this reform is constructing a new ‘governing parent-citizen’, through which the parental labour of social reproduction is being extended and rearticulated. Our analysis demonstrates the intensive policy intervention required to produce this new form of parental labour and the subsequent divisions of labour it is producing.
Dr Glenn Savage is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia. His research is located at the intersection of public policy and sociology, with specific expertise in schooling reform, federalism and the politics of education policy. He has recently completed an Australian Research Council 'Discovery Early Career Researcher Award' project titled 'National schooling reform and the reshaping of Australian federalism'.
Jessica Gerrard is a Senior Lecturer at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She is an interdisciplinary researcher who works with sociological and historical methods and policy analysis to address issues of inequity in education. Her research focuses on the relationship of education to social change and politics in the context of transforming school and work contexts
Dr Glenn Savage and Jessica Gerrard
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 14:30
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:30
Karen Eichorn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mon, 28 Oct 2019 11:19
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