Interrupting the interruption: Neoliberalism and the challenges of an antiracist school

Assaf Meshulam, Michael W. Apple

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The article examines a US public elementary bilingual, multicultural school that attempts to interrupt the reproduction of existing relations of dominance and subordination across a variety of differences. The school's experiences illuminate the complex reality of schools as a site of struggle and compromise between at times contradictory interests, agents, and ideologies and the powerful forces in the (racial) state and civil society that make educating for social equality and justice difficult to accomplish. The article considers the concessions the school has made, and how and why, even in this most antiracist of schools, issues of race and racism persist.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)650-669
Number of pages20
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • antiracism
  • bilingual education
  • counter-hegemonic education
  • democratic education
  • multiculturalism
  • neoliberalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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