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Crisis and Hope: The Educational Hopscotch of Latin America

reviewed by Lesley Bartlett - 2005

coverTitle: Crisis and Hope: The Educational Hopscotch of Latin America
Author(s): Stephen J. Ball, Gustavo E. Fischman and Silvina Gvirtz (Editors)
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415935350, Pages: 262, Year: 2003
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It is by now common knowledge that, in the 1980s and 1990s, many countries around the world abandoned neo-Keynesian versions of state-market relations and implemented neoliberal models of development. Leaders in Western countries led the charge; leaders in some underdeveloped countries adopted neoliberal models of state-market relations in an attempt to position themselves favorably in the reorganizing capitalist world system; in yet a third category, leaders of many poor and/or debt-ridden countries had neoliberalism thrust upon them, largely through structural-adjustment agreements with international financial institutions. The revised version of liberalism encouraged governments to shift their efforts from ensuring citizens’ welfare to enhancing conditions for the conduct of free enterprise, in part by “freeing” the market from government regulation (such as taxes and tariffs) and other barriers (such as labor unions). Neoliberal policies have led to reductions in state expenditures (e.g., in the provision of social services such as health care... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1501-1503
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11773, Date Accessed: 7/30/2021 3:10:01 PM

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  • Lesley Bartlett
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    LESLEY BARTLETT is an Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has done ethnographic research on the impact of neoliberal reforms on political participation in educational and environmental debates in the United States. Dr. Bartlett has also written on popular education literacy programs for youth and adults in Latin America. She is currently conducting research on multilingual literacy practices among Latino youth in New York City.
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