Neoliberalism and Environmental Education: An Analysis of Australian Online Recruitment Advertisements

By Joy Hardy.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper draws upon content and critical discourse analysis to probe the infiltration and material effects of neoliberalism in environmental education. Specifically, the analysis explores how neoliberal discourse in Australian online recruitment advertisements discursively constructs environmental education in terms of its nature, subject positions and social practices. The argument subscribes to the view that neoliberalism is not a monolithic project based on a unitary and coherent philosophy, but a complex, contradictory and often hybrid assemblage. Furthermore, the argument advances that empirical studies, such as the qualitative analysis of recruitment advertisements (re)presented here, contest the putative hegemony of neoliberalism by drawing the contextualised complexities and contradictions into relief and, thereby, open to critique and resistance.

Keywords: Environmental Education, Critical Discourse Analysis, Neoliberalism, Recruitment

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 7, pp.41-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 565.404KB).

Assoc. Prof. Joy Hardy

Lecturer in Contextual Studies, School of Education, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

Joy Hardy is Lecturer in Contextual Studies at the University of New England, Australia. Her research interests include poststructuralist critiques of language and cultural production and the construction of (the) environment and environmental subjectivities. Her work is principally informed by Deleuze and Guattari, Derrida and Levinas.

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