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Class, consumerism and education

John Leo Doyle (Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 1 August 1998



Contemporary views concerning the management of change in the literature on organizational theory deal with the issue of change on two levels. The first is descriptive and seeks to perceive and list manifestations of change. The second is analytical and attempts to categorize change in terms of abstract concepts. Aims to apply a dialectical analysis to the nature of change in organizations in order to highlight the fact that social class as an issue in management theory has become marginalized. Intends to argue that the application of laissez‐faire economics to welfare provision, especially in the sphere of education, is continuing to result in an unequitable system. As educationalists, if we seriously wish to provide an equitable system of education we need to develop a critique of how programmes of legislation, not just education, but also in areas such as housing and social services, are funded for specific purposes by central government. It is inadvisable to assume that these programmes will have the achievement of equality of provisions as a central objective.



Leo Doyle, J. (1998), "Class, consumerism and education", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 183-187.




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