Afterword: resources of hope

Mary Hamilton, Lyn Tett (Editor)

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The aim of this book, as explained in the Introduction, is to demonstrate not only the urgent challenges from neoliberalism facing educationalists, but also a range of positive responses to these challenges. We have taken Raymond Williams (1989) notion of ‘resources of hope’ to draw together the rich variety of responses offered by contributors to the book and to identify what Milana and Rapanà call ‘interstices for resistance’ – points where it is possible to intervene to disrupt the dominant neoliberal regime and to help emergent, more emancipatory, cultures to take root. The notion of hope is explicitly referred to by several contributors as central to affirming identity and emboldening action.

Some of these resources are directly relevant to educational practitioners, suggesting strategies that can be used in teaching or other aspects of institutional practice. Some are resources that can guide educational researchers in designing and carrying out ‘resistant’ research that foregrounds alternatives to neoliberal values. Some are principles and rules of thumb that can be used in both practice and research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResisting Neoliberalism in Education
Subtitle of host publicationLocal, National and Transnational Perspectives
EditorsLyn Tett, Mary Hamilton
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781447350200
ISBN (Print)9781447350057
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2019


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