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Teaching After the Market: From Commodity to Cosmopolitan


by Allan Luke 2004

This essay is a philosophical and sociological reconsideration of the nature of teaching and work. It draws broadly from the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and materialist models of the economic subject. It begins from an acknowledgment and review of the critiques of current policy orientations to testing and accountability in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. One of the principal effects is the reconstruction of the teacher as commodity fetishist. The case is made that reassertions of definitions of teaching as craft and profession are of limited value in responding to new economic and policy conditions. A proposal is made for the reenvisioning of teachers and teaching in relation to cosmopolitan, transcultural contexts and conditions.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 7, 2004, p. 1422-1443
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11578, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 12:25:13 PM

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  • Allan Luke
    National Institute of Education, Singapore
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    ALLAN LUKE is Dean at the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His most recent book is Struggles Over Difference: Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Asia Pacific (with Yoshiko Nozaki and Roger Openshaw, State University of New York Press, 2003).
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