This chapter examines the precarious nature of education in a neoliberal economy. It argues that in an ‘age of insecurity’, education systems can often exacerbate social inequalities, with a tendency to mirror neoliberal labour markets and bow down to its needs and economic requirements. The chapter looks at the relationships between education, neoliberalism and the labour market, examining how schooling is shaped to fit the needs of a precariat labour market. It outlines the nature of the precariat, precarious work and the emerging ‘gig economy’, defined as ‘selling humans as service’, but also ignoring ‘traditional employment law protection’. After examining the problems with precariousness, the chapter looks at ways in which education may provide a route to escaping precariousness and the prospects for precarious workers from varied ages, gender and disabilities. One underlying theme and adverse side effect of the neoliberal model is that countries increase labour-market flexibility and from this results precariousness.
|Title of host publication||Understanding Education and Economics|
|Subtitle of host publication||Key Debates and Critical Perspectives|
|Editors||Jessie Bustillos Morales, Sandra Abbeglan|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Jun 2020|
Mcdonough, B. (2020). Inequalities, precariousness and education: Schooling precarious workers. In J. Bustillos Morales, & S. Abbeglan (Eds.), Understanding Education and Economics: Key Debates and Critical Perspectives Routledge.