NARRATIVES OF ASPIRATIONS WITHIN NEOLIBERALISM
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, D.Blackman@uel.ac.uk, know so we have an idea of how many people to expect.
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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