Special Topic: Globalization, Privatization, Marginalization: Assessing Connections and Consequences in/through Education

Guest-editors: D. Brent Edwards Jr. & Alexander Means

Education Policy Analysis Archives (EPAA/AAPE) announces a call for papers for a special issue that brings together education scholars who are working on new aspects of the intersection and the implications of globalization, privatization, and marginalization. While globalization’s relationship to education has been of great interest to scholars (Dale, 1999; Rizvi & Lingard, 2009; Verger, Novelli, & Kosar-Altinyelken, 2018), and while the relationship between globalization and various forms of privatization has received attention (Adamson, Astrand, & Darling-Hammond, 2016; Ball, 2012; Carnoy, 1999; Verger, Lubienski, & Steiner-Khamsi, 2016), we seek to extend scholarship in these areas by depicting the current connections and continuing consequences of both globalization and privatization for marginalization in/through education, as well as the ways in which the latter (marginalization) creates opportunities for the former (globalization and privatization). Exploring the relationships among globalization, privatization, and marginalization is vitally important for scholars not only because they are related in multiple yet, we argue, insufficiently understood ways, but also because their relations have real consequences for education policy and practice and for the exacerbation of marginalization itself in and through education.


Thus, this special issue seeks papers based on recent research that address the contemporary and developing connections among globalization, privatization, and marginalization and their consequences for/through education. Papers may address such topics as:

-     The strategies that various organizational and political actors employ as they operate across multiple scales from the global to the local to advance the agenda to privatize education and the ways that this is related to marginalization.

-     The ways that contexts of crisis and/or marginalization serve points of insertion or advancement for private actors to engage in education policy and/or to introduce privatization reforms.

-     The consequences of globalization and educational privatization for various forms of marginalization and discrimination (e.g., socio-economic segregation, racial segregation, discrimination on the basis of disability, spatial marginalization, gender discrimination, marginalization of adult education, discrimination of teachers and the impoverishment of their working conditions, or the marginalization of education systems in national and global contexts, etc.).

-     The operation and implications of educational privatization models and strategies in marginalized contexts, including such models as vouchers, charter schools, low-fee private schools, tax deductions for private education, etc.


Although papers may focus primarily on one or two of the three dimensions of interest, the papers should be framed and discussed in ways that show their relevance for the triple intersection of globalization, privatization, and marginalization. Papers will only be accepted in English.


Adamson, F., Astrand, B., & Darling-Hammond, L. (Eds.) (2016). Global education reform: How privatization and public investment influence education outcomes. London: Routledge.

Ball, S. (2012). Global education Inc. New York: Routledge

Carnoy, M. (1999). Globalization and educational reform: What planners need to know. Paris: UNESCO IIEP.

Dale, R. (1999). Specifying globalization effects on national policy: A focus on the mechanisms, Journal of Education Policy, 14(1), 1-17.

Rizvi, F., & Lingard, B. (2009). Globalizing education policy. New York: Routledge.

Verger, A., Lubienski, C., & Steiner-Khamsi, G. (Eds.) (2016). World Yearbook of Education 2016: The Global Education Industry. New York: Routledge.

Verger, A., Novelli, M., & Kosar-Altinyelken, H. (Eds.) (2018). Global education policy and international development: New agendas, issues, and policies. (2nd ed.) New York: Bloomsbury.


Submission Information: Potential authors should submit a 500-word abstract (including proposed title) by July 15, 2018, to the journal section, Globalization, Privatization, Marginalization, at http://epaa.asu.edu/ All manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the EPAA website and follow the Journal’s submission guidelines.


Abstract submission deadline: July 15, 2018

Invitations to submit manuscripts: July 31, 2018

Invited article submission deadline: October 31, 2018

Anticipated publication: March 2019



Please direct any questions about this special issue to D. Brent Edwards Jr (University of Hawaii, dbrente@gmail.com) or Alexander Means (University of Hawaii, alexmeans1@gmail.com)