Education, Privatization, and Segregation

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Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8224, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Nora Nafaa
Chairs: David Giband

Call for Submissions

If you are interested in participating in this session, please send your 250-word abstract to and by October 20th. Notifications of acceptance for the session will be sent out by October 23rd. The participants then need to submit their abstract on the AAG website and provide the PIN to the organizers by October 25th to meet the AAG deadline.


Opposing private and public school is nothing new, and neither is the debate about privatization of education. The process is discussed in numerous national contexts, first and foremost in northern countries, as mentioned by OCDE. However, it also appears as a global trend, developed progressively in the global South. However, the definition of privatization of education is not unanimous, because the process adopts various forms and variations depending on national contexts, tending to create hybrid forms of education. In a context of globalization, privatization is no longer a social elite phenomenon and provides a large amount of opportunities in terms of school services. Globalization of education norms, and neoliberalization of public services, encourages the establishment of new types of schools. These new social and spatial dynamics are linked to the creation of more and more competitive school markets.

This panel aims to explore the privatization processes at every level of education (primary, secondary and higher education) by focusing on the different actors and discourses involved in it, as well as its spatial effects in different contexts (North and South, urban and rural).

Looking at these processes, we welcome contributions questioning (but not limited to):

- Who are the new “entrepreneurs” of education? Who invests in education? What is the role of public institutions?
- What social and spatial forms are created by privatization? Do they vary regarding their context (urban or rural, northern or southern)? Does it create processes of segregation, or integration?
- How is privatization served by neoliberal discourses? How do societies integrate these discourses?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter David Giband*, UPVD, The french educational system: an unexpected resistance to global neoliberalization in education? 20 3:05 PM
Presenter Nora Nafaa*, University of Perpignan, Privatizing the school map: a look at charter schools catchment areas in Philadelphia and Atlanta education markets 20 3:25 PM
Presenter Kevin MARY*, University of Perpignan, "Privatization of higher education in Lebanon: state of the art and research perspectives" 20 3:45 PM
Presenter Holger Jahnke*, Europa-Universität Flensburg, Magdalena Jäger, Europa-Universität Flensburg, Katja Holz, Europa-Universität Flensburg, Transformation of schooling in rural areas – Educational provision for new migrants in the German-Danish border region 20 4:05 PM
Discussant Aurelie Delage University of Perpignan 20 4:25 PM

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