The enactment of the neoliberal citizen: evidence from a case study in Bogota, Colombia

2020
Guerrero Faría, María Lucía

This article compares a private secondary school with a contract school in Colombia, specifically focusing on how each school teaches about citizenship. The author used classroom observations and data on student-teacher relationships, topics discussed in lessons, teaching pedagogies, and the physical organisation of the classrooms. Results indicate that both schools enacted a type of neoliberal project that places emphasis on educating productive citizenships. The author argues that this type of citizenship contributes to the reification of inequalities and the reproduction of a stratified society. Thus, the authors recommend a new conceptualisation of citizenship, or cosmopolitanism, which would allow students to work collaboratively to achieve social justice and reflect on their own histories and places in the world.

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