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Title: The Dakar Framework: constructing and deconstructing the global neo-liberal matrix
Contributor(s): Tamatea, LM (author)
Publication Date: 2005
DOI: 10.1080/14767720500166993
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Abstract: The paper's focus is 'The Dakar framework for action — education for all: meeting our collective commitments', which presents the UNESCO, G8, World Bank and International Monetary Fund's blueprint for the 'development' of education globally by 2015. Taking a discourse analytic approach, discussion of the Dakar framework make two claims. The first is that the Framework has a Matrix-like effect in that it potentially closes out other ways of thinking about and practicing education. The second argument is that the apparent contradiction between its deployment of a human rights centered discourse and neo-liberal discourse that establishes this Matrix-like effect, must be understood as something more than simply an exercise in lies, deception and rhetoric. Rather, the Matrix-like effect of the Framework succeeds not because the Framework lies, but because it doubly exploits the very same ambivalence in liberal-humanism that facilitated the European control of 'Others' in an earlier era of globalisation. Gandhi who challenged the Matrix-like effects of globalising British Empire power in this earlier era of globalisation is referred to in the paper as a real figure of history to exemplify the Neo figure in the discussion of the Matrix as a metaphor for the neo-liberal EFA policy.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Globalisation, Societies and Education, 3(3), p. 311-334
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Place of Publication: London (UK)
ISSN: 1476-7724
Field of Research (FOR): 160809 Sociology of Education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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