Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Neoliberal Discourses: Toward a Deeper Understanding and a Global Latino Education

  • Luis Mirón
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_528


David Harvey, the political economist and geographer, has written that neoliberalism is not a recent social phenomenon, dating at least to the policy eras of Thatcher/Reagan in the 1980s. Although not explicitly suggesting that the current fascination with neoliberalism is linked to the promises and perils of globalization, a close reader of Harvey might reasonably infer this. writings on the subject contextually link neoliberalism as a “hegemonic discourse” to global capitalism or what the author refers to as the world economic system (Mirón 2016; Wallerstein 2011; Featherstone 1990). In what follows this entry hopes to establish that, analytically, globalization and neoliberalism are separate and distinct social-economic phenomena. As such, researchers need to carefully keep these analytic categories separate, keeping in mind that within the social imaginary, they are frequently conflated.

Harvey (2007, p. 146) defines neoliberalism as a “theory of economic practices...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Loyola University New OrleansNew OrleansUSA