Neoliberal rationalities have been conceptualized as contemporary global innovative practices across parts of Asia. Through mobilization of neoliberal imaginaries, emerging ambiguous coexistences of freedom/control, deregulation/regulation, private/public decentralization/centralization, opportunity/risk are common in most Asian education reform policies. Particularly, in the field of early childhood education and care, the interplays of these paradoxical and ambiguous binaries elucidate unequal conditions of different childhood experiences. This article draws upon post-structural theoretical and conceptual frameworks as analytical tools to understand the assemblages of contemporary Asian neoliberal imaginaries in early childhood reform policies. Highlighting Taiwan and Hong Kong as two examples from Asia, this article aims to reconceptualize the effects of neoliberal rationalities and how such a system of reasoning reconfigures notions of inclusion/exclusion to challenge the making of quality education and the provision of care for all.
|Keywords:||Neoliberalism, Preschool Education System, Vouchers, Asia|
Senior Lecturer, School of Education, The University of Newcastle, Ourimbah, NSW, Australia