The Decommodification of Early Childhood Education and Care: Resisting Neoliberalism explores how processes of marketisation and privatisation of ECEC have impacted understandings of children, childcare, parents, and the workforce, providing concrete examples of resistance to commodification from diverse contexts.

Through processes of marketisation and privatisation, neoliberal discourses have turned ECEC into a commodity whereby economic principles of competition and choice have replaced the purpose of education. The Decommodification of Early Childhood Education and Care: Resisting Neoliberalism offers new and alternative understandings of policy and practice. Written with co-authors from diverse countries, case studies vividly portray resistance to children as human capital, to the "consumentality" of parents, and to the alienation of the early childhood workforce. Ending with messages of hope, the authors discuss the demise of neoliberalism and offer new ways forward.

As an international book with global messages contributing to theory, policy, and practice regarding alternatives to a neoliberal and commodified vision of ECEC, this book offers inspiration for policy makers and practitioners to develop local resistance solutions. It will also be of interest to post-graduate students, researchers, educators, and pre-service educators with an interest in critical pedagogy, ECEC policy, and ECEC practice.


chapter |14 pages


From the Politically Impossible to the Politically Inevitable
ByPeter Moss

chapter 1|13 pages

On Commodification and Decommodification

ByMichel Vandenbroeck, Joanne Lehrer, Linda Mitchell

chapter 2|53 pages

Resisting Children as Human Capital

ByJoanne Lehrer, Brooke Richardson, Michel Vandenbroeck, Linda Mitchell, Vina Adriany, Royne K. Berget, Hoana McMillan, Esther Oduolowu, Kylie Smith

chapter 3|66 pages

Resisting the Consumentality of Parents

ByMichel Vandenbroeck, Joanne Lehrer, Linda Mitchell, Maarit Alasuutari, Marie-Laure Cadart, Kirsti Karila, Tullia Musatti, Pablo Rupin, Gail Yuen

chapter 4|67 pages

Resisting the Alienation of the Workforce

ByLinda Mitchell, Michel Vandenbroeck, Joanne Lehrer, Sonja Arndt, Donella Cobb, Nicole Cummings-Morgan, Lisa Johnston, Raella Kahuroa, Olivera Kamenarac, Stig G Lund, Alana Powell, Brooke Richardson, Dwi Purwestri Sri Suwarningsih, Marcy Whitebook

chapter 5|9 pages


ByMichel Vandenbroeck, Joanne Lehrer, Linda Mitchell