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Federal Job Training: Implementing Neoliberal Discourse. Kathleen Bombach-Muro April 23, 2009 English 5328 Globalization and Language. What is neoliberal discourse?. Free market capitalism best form of economic organization Free trade Unfettered movement of capital around the globe

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federal job training implementing neoliberal discourse

Federal Job Training: Implementing Neoliberal Discourse

Kathleen Bombach-Muro

April 23, 2009

English 5328 Globalization and Language

what is neoliberal discourse
What is neoliberal discourse?
  • Free market capitalism best form of economic organization
  • Free trade
  • Unfettered movement of capital around the globe
  • Government’s role is to support capital accumulation by removing barriers
  • Privatization (reduce public sphere)
what are federal job training programs
What are federal job training programs?
  • Since 1950s
  • Basic education for adults
  • Job skills training
  • Political climate
  • Students are US dropouts, re-entry, poor, ex-offenders, welfare recipients, immigrants, non-English/LEP, female
how does neoliberal discourse construct job training programs
How does neoliberal discourse construct job training programs?
  • Foundational beliefs
    • Anyone who wants a job can find a job
    • Those who do not work choose to not work
    • Government should not transfer wealth between groups in society
    • Unemployment insurance, public housing, welfare, food stamps discourage work (disincentives for employment)
    • Voluntary associations (families, churches) should be responsible for those in need
how does neoliberal discourse construct the unemployed
How does neoliberal discourse construct the unemployed?
  • Lack employment due to negative incentives (public welfare benefits)
    • “Make work pay”
    • Time limits to benefits
    • No able-bodied recipients
    • Work for benefits
  • Lack employment due to personal deficiencies/bad choices
    • Character building/Moral development
    • Sanctions against pregnancy
    • Rewards for marriage