Writing Global Education Policy Research
This chapter confronts an absence at the center of global education policy studies which often misses the chance to embody global complexity through open-ended, transgressive or, even, ambivalent approaches to enquiry. Methodologically, it appears to favor a gaze from above and across space, simplifying subaltern experiences of reform. I discuss privatization efforts in public education in Nepal by linking them to global labor markets and mobility, consumer modernity and state formation processes. I suggest that neoliberal tropes such as ‘quality’, ‘effectiveness’, ‘commercialization’ and privatization intersect with and invest other tropes such as freedom and self-determination, happiness, love and belonging. The capture of public education by business interests may actually be a more chaotic ensemble of reason, desire, fear and seduction.
As with all of my writing, it is not possible to present a text without acknowledging an ongoing dialogue with my colleague Ulla Ambrosius Madsen. The artifact presented here is mine but it builds on a shared mode of thought.
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