The enchantment of neoliberal education: a healthcare certificate, elusive Adulthoods, and a new middle class in Ghana

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Abstract

It is well-known that contemporary African youth struggle to attain adulthood, associated with a middle-class status. A healthcare certificate offered by private schools in Accra, Ghana provides an example of how youth marginality is produced. Two models of middle classness co-exist in Ghana: a developmentalist one, linked to the state bureaucracy, education, and national progress; and a neoliberal one, associated with entrepreneurship, global capitalism, and the state’s promotion of private markets. The certificate program reveals the contradictory, confusing role that education plays in the current context, in which the neoliberal middle class relies on the infrastructure and dreams developed by a developmentalist state. In the process, students are enchanted by a new form of cultural capital which has little exchange value in local labor markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalChildren's Geographies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Health care
  • middle class
  • neoliberalism
  • vocational education
  • youth

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