The Global Assault on Teaching, Teachers, and their Unions by Lois Weiner (Editor) Mary Compton (Editor)

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However, Polanyi argues that markets have always been embedded in social and political life, and the goal of a fully self-regulating market that is disembedded from all of politics and social life is a utopian project. It cannot exist. “Remaking the World” 19 In pursuit of this project, however, market liberals must turn human beings and nature into products to be bought and sold—that is, they must commodify them, for instance by patenting medicinal plants that have been used in tribal societies for generations.

Neoliberalism also found sufficiently broad appeal—particularly in the idea of individual freedom—enabling it to take hold. Neoliberalism was able to resonate with a range of interests, discourses, and agendas within civil society that had been submerged in the postwar class compromise. In the United States, for example, neoliberal ideology spoke to those groups and communities, like the Christian Right, liberal feminists, and black communities, whose identities and projects had been previously denied by the largely white male class project (Apple 2001; 2006).

Dale, L. Tikly, H. Dachi, and A. Ndebela. 2006. Education and development in a global era: Ideas, actors and dynamics in the global governance of education, Report to the DfID, London. Stiglitz, J. E. 1998. Towards a new paradigm for development: Strategies, policies and processes. Prebisch Lecture for UNCTAD, October 19, in Geneva, Switzerland. ———. 2002. Globalization and its discontents. New York: Penguin. , and J. Peck. 2005. Making global rules; Globalization or Neoliberalism? In Remaking the global economy: Economic-geographical perspectives, ed.

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