Australian generation Ys: reading their futures through a neoliberal lens

Dalley-Trim, Leanne (2012) Australian generation Ys: reading their futures through a neoliberal lens. In: Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Education. pp. 1-7. From: 8th International Conference on Education, 5-7 July 2012, Samos Island, Greece.

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Abstract

This paper investigates the ways in which Generation Ys engage with, and take up, neoliberal discourse in considering their futures. It draws upon survey data completed by Year 12 students in a range of schools across the State of Queensland, Australia, and uses it to illuminate the power and pervasiveness of neoliberal discourse, and the 'willingness' of Gen Ys to embrace neoliberalism and its imperative of individualisation. It also employs this data as a means of demonstrating the young people's take-up of equal opportunity rhetoric. Furthermore, it illustrates the ways in which these young people come to exhibit the traits regularly associated with Gen Ys. Finally, the paper explores the implications of such research findings for these and other young people and signals considerations for those concerned with the education and well being of youth.

Item ID: 26418
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-618-5009-05-2
ISSN: 1792-3867
Keywords: Generation Y, neoliberalism, aspirations, individualism, gender, education
Date Deposited: 20 May 2013 00:42
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education @ 80%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939903 Equity and Access to Education @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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