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INEQUALITY AS MERITOCRACY: The use of the metaphor of diversity and the value of inequality within Singapore's meritocratic education system
Talib,Nadira1; Fitzgerald,Richard2
2015-04-28
Source PublicationCritical Discourse Studies
ISSN17405912 17405904
Volume12Issue:4Pages:445-462
Abstract

This paper examines the way the metaphor of diversity provides a moral basis for inequality in Singapore's meritocratic education system. Based upon a collection of policy texts from 2002 to 2012, our analysis illustrates that the metaphor of diversity in policy texts provides ways for systemic discrimination within the education system and that this inequality is given legitimacy as necessary through various moral discourses. The paper employs a critical discourse analysis that draws upon the relationship between language analysis, the philosophical study of valuation, and political economy as a composite formulation of values to highlight the ways in which an argument for inequality permeates policy from within a frame of meritocracy, and to analyse how changes associated with new modes of value determination serve to legitimize inequality.

KeywordCritical Discourse Analysis Education Policy Foucault Meritocracy Metaphor Nietzsche Philosophy Political Economy Singapore Valuation
DOI10.1080/17405904.2015.1034740
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaCommunication
WOS SubjectCommunication
WOS IDWOS:000359824000004
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
Corresponding AuthorTalib,Nadira; Fitzgerald,Richard
Affiliation1.School of Communication and Arts, The University of Queensland,St Lucia,4072,Australia
2.Department of Communication, University of Macau,China
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Talib,Nadira,Fitzgerald,Richard. INEQUALITY AS MERITOCRACY: The use of the metaphor of diversity and the value of inequality within Singapore's meritocratic education system[J]. Critical Discourse Studies,2015,12(4):445-462.
APA Talib,Nadira,&Fitzgerald,Richard.(2015).INEQUALITY AS MERITOCRACY: The use of the metaphor of diversity and the value of inequality within Singapore's meritocratic education system.Critical Discourse Studies,12(4),445-462.
MLA Talib,Nadira,et al."INEQUALITY AS MERITOCRACY: The use of the metaphor of diversity and the value of inequality within Singapore's meritocratic education system".Critical Discourse Studies 12.4(2015):445-462.
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