Ideology to Identity: Reproducing Social Order
Ideology Cultural institutions Conditions of socialisation
Democracy (media, law, education, religion)(learning, discipline, compliance)
(equality, freedom, tolerance) Success via self-improvement Curriculum, student testing
Poverty is fault of individual
These are powerful institutions meant to hold control – not to encourage individualism.
Nothing we do is in a vacuum
Salt by Beverly Brown, Morgan Gage, Amber Goodwyn, Louise Leroux, & Karen Shamy-Smith – NFB
Rewriting the self
o Education is about discipline and order
o Where we resist against the hidden curriculum
o This video’s message is paralleled to what the conflict theorists are saying
o Education is oppressive – not promoting creativity
o You “have to” go to university – merely saddles people with debt and low job prospects
o This type of education promotes authenticity, is anti-oppressive and very rare
Learning in Neoliberal Times
o Degree as commodity
We are entitled to our degree (purchasing) & want to be treated nicely.
o You approach university similar to a trip to the mall – about amenities > education
Universities have be clever when marketing themselves
Watching videos of move-in day. How many bars on campus? Etc.
This is affecting professor/student relations – want to be entertained.
o Students as consumers/customers
Looking for high quality product & service
E.g. amenities on campus: food, bars, gym, residence
University life as spectacle of entertainment
o Trent has 1 lecture hall – Wenjack. So what did we build? An athletic complex.
Life at Trent – Normalising Consumerism
Athletic facilities – no new lecture