chapter  5
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Curricular Form and the Logic of Technical Control: Commodification Returns

Exporting its major problems is not the only, or even the primary, way the state can respond to the crisis of accumulation and legitimation in which it finds itself. Given the size of its internal bureaucracy and given the intense pressures being placed upon it by economic forces at the present time, the state (and schools) can and must deal with the crisis by refocusing inwards as well. It can attempt to tighten the reins on its production of "useful" knowledge and agents for the labor force, and also on its own workforce, in ways that embody the technical and administrative knowledge and procedures employed in the advanced industrial sector of the economy. As I shall demonstrate in this chapter, the impact of this on teachers can be Immense.