‘I’m just not that kind of person’: choice, agency and economic subjectivities in multicultural educational contexts

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Saltmarsh, Sue. 2012. "‘I’m just not that kind of person’: choice, agency and economic subjectivities in multicultural educational contexts ." Wright, Handel Kashope, Singh, Michael and Race, Richard (ed.) Precarious international multicultural education: hegemony, dissent and rising alternatives. Rotterdam, Netherlands. Sense Publishers. pp. 117-131
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‘I’m just not that kind of person’: choice, agency and economic subjectivities in multicultural educational contexts

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3228
Book TitlePrecarious international multicultural education: hegemony, dissent and rising alternatives
Authors
AuthorSaltmarsh, Sue
EditorsWright, Handel Kashope, Singh, Michael and Race, Richard
Page Range117-131
SeriesTransgressions: Cultural Studies and Education
Chapter Number7
Number of Pages15
Year2012
PublisherSense Publishers
Place of PublicationRotterdam, Netherlands
ISBN9789460918933
9789460918940
Web Address (URL)https://www.sensepublishers.com/media/783-precarious-international-multicultural-education.pdf
Abstract

[Conclusion]:
This chapter considers the significance of economic discourse as a technique of governmentality through which families from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds are positioned as self-regulating, self-actualizing citizen/consumers (Rose, 1999a, 1999b). Its analysis of excerpts from ethnographic case studies demonstrates the subjective implications of consumer culture and economic discourse in the lives of women living in Australian outer metropolitan suburbs and rural towns. While these women’s cultural backgrounds and socioeconomic circumstances varied, the texts and talk of their everyday consumer experiences reveal the extent to which economic discourse is implicated in shaping their experiences of social worth, personal agency and imagined futures. Positioned within dominant discourses of economic participation via a program designed to facilitate the development of financial literacies, the women in the study draw in turn on gendered and racialised discourses of consumption, achievement, responsibility and transformation in their negotiation of economic subjectivities.
For culturally and socioeconomically diverse schools and communities, I argue, this evidence demonstrates how giving an account of oneself (Butler, 2005) in economic terms is fraught with tensions and contradictions that reflect the
gendered and racialised inequalities of contemporary economic discourse.

Keywordseconomic discourse; multicultural education
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390203. Sociology of education
390401. Comparative and cross-cultural education
390301. Continuing and community education
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© 2012 Sense Publishers.

Byline AffiliationsAustralian Catholic University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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