School-to-work transition services: marginalising ‘disposable’ youth in a state of exception?

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Chadderton, C. and Colley, Helen 2012. School-to-work transition services: marginalising ‘disposable’ youth in a state of exception? Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education. 33 (3), pp. 329-343.
AuthorsChadderton, C. and Colley, Helen
Abstract

Disadvantaged young people often inhabit a dangerous space: excluded from education, training and employment markets; constructed as disposable; and cast out as ‘human waste’ (Bauman, 2004). There are many macro-level analyses of this catastrophic trend, but this paper provides insights into some of the everyday educational micro-practices which contribute to such marginalisation. It presents findings from a study of a national school-to-work transition service in England, in a context not only of neo-liberal policies but also of severe austerity measures. The data reveal processes of triage, surveillance and control – driven by governmental and institutional targets – which denied many young people access to the service, including some of the most vulnerable. Beneath a rhetoric of social inclusion, the service in fact acted as a conduit into a dangerous space of exclusion. Drawing on the work of Butler and of Agamben, the article argues innovatively that such practices may represent an encroaching state of exception, in which more or less subtle forms of governmentality are gradually being supplanted by the more overt exercise of sovereign power.

Keywordsschool-to-work transitions; social exclusion; homo sacer; state of exception
JournalDiscourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education
Journal citation33 (3), pp. 329-343
ISSN1469-3739
0159-6306
Year2012
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2012.681895
Publication dates
Print14 May 2012
Publication process dates
Deposited19 Mar 2013
Copyright informationThis is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education [May 2012] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2012.681895
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