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Dr Elizabeth Rata is Associate Professor in the School of Critical Studies in Education at the Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland specialising in the sociology of education. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Georgetown University, Washington, DC in 2003 and is currently involved in an international comparative study into higher education under the auspices of the European Union’s International Research Scholars Exchange Scheme (IRSES). Her major works are: A Political Economy of Neotribal Capitalism, 2000, and The Politics of Knowledge in Education, 2012. Dr Rata’s research is into the political economy of new social movements, particularly the effects of global economic change on ethnicity, socio-economic class, higher education, and curriculum knowledge.

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