Keeping up appearances: Uniform policy for school diversity?

Daphne Meadmore*, Colin Symes

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This paper analyses policies pertaining to school dress codes which have been formulated recently by all state education bureaucracies in Australia. It examines these policies and their implementation in the context of devolution, the marketisation of schools, and cognate social legislation. In doing so it seeks to understand the textual hiatus between government policy and schooling practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-186
Number of pages13
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Disciplinary practice
  • Dividing practice
  • Governmentality
  • Micro-markets
  • Policy manoeuvres
  • Tactics


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