Session Summary

Direct link:

"Re-Placing" Aspirations in a Postindustrial Context

Tue, April 21, 10:35am to 12:05pm, Virtual Room

Session Type: Symposium


In a post-industrial context, higher education outreach to widen participation has been critiqued for building from a ‘deficit discourse’ around ‘raising aspirations’ amongst disadvantaged young people. Linked to ‘therapeutic education’, young people are assumed to begin from a point of ‘weakness’ and ‘aspiration raising’ represents a policy ‘quick fix’ for social mobility. Recent studies show that disadvantaged young people don’t fail to participate in education because they lack ambition. Acknowledging changes that a 4th Industrial Revolution may bring, this interdisciplinary symposium disrupts historical links between education, work and raising aspirations that propagate a diminished view of human potential. Instead, the notion of ‘re-placing’ aspirations theoretically, geographically and practically in post-industrial contexts is explored.

Sub Unit