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Dr Laura Harvey

Lecturer in Sociology, University of Surrey

Speaking at the University of East London

8 January 2015, 5 – 6pm

ED 2.02, Cass Building, Stratford Campus

We would like to invite you to attend our Research Seminar on 8 January 2015, details below.   You will be very welcome but please let Daniel Blackman,, know so we have an idea of how many people to expect.


Veronica Burton

Administrator for Research and Knowledge Exchange

Cass School of Education and Communities

University of East London

In this presentation we will explore the stories that young people tell about their aspirations and imagined futures at a time of deepening social inequalities.   We will examine how neoliberal discourses of individualism, self-responsibility and enterprise feature in young people’s everyday talk about ‘success’ and ‘failure’. Our analysis draws on interview data with 14-17 year-olds across England from an ESRC-funded study of ‘The role of celebrity in young people’s classed and gendered aspirations’. We will highlight the pervasiveness of neoliberal discourses of individualism, meritocracy and hard work within young people’s accounts. But we will also unpack the contradictions, ambivalences and ambiguities within neoliberalism as it works within and through the messiness of everyday practices.



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