Differential Citizenship in Neoliberal Chicago: School Reform and the Production of Antidemocratic Space

  • Kendall A. Taylor
Part of the New Frontiers in Education, Culture, and Politics book series (NFECP)


Chapter  3 argues that citizenship today has shifted from a common right to one based on contractual understandings within the larger capitalist free market system. The work of Henri Lefebvre is used to argue that the use value of space is abstracted under neoliberalism in order to advance capital accumulation and that the populations within these spaces are abstracted along the same lines. Lefebvre’s work is expanded to argue that spaces are abstracted according to the racial logic of capitalism, leading to differential citizenship rights predicated on a population’s use value within the capitalist framework. In Chicago’s education reform environment, the choice of communities to target is intimately connected to the concept of contractual citizenship based on race and class politics.


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  • Kendall A. Taylor
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  1. 1.Hubert Humphrey Elementary SchoolAlbuquerqueUSA

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