Category Archives: Neoliberal education

Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State, and Higher Education

As colleges and universities become more entrepreneurial in a post-industrial economy, they focus on knowledge less as a public good than as a commodity to be capitalized on in profit-oriented activities. In Academic Capitalism and the New Economy, higher education … Continue reading

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‘Structure Liberates?’: Making Compliant, Consumable Bodies in Neoliberal Schooling

Mossbourne Community Academy, a celebrated highly disciplinarian secondary school, opened in East London in 2004. Operating under the ethos ‘structure liberates’, it actively seeks to culturally transform its largely ethnic minority student body and create ‘a culture of ambition to … Continue reading

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Factories for Learning – Neoliberal Governmentality and Inequality

This book draws upon original research at a celebrated flagship secondary school, to explore how new forms of neoliberal governmentality are reproducing raced, classed and gendered inequalities. Considering the complex narratives of students, teachers and parents, the book examines the … Continue reading

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Challenging Neoliberal Ideology in Postsecondary Education

The purpose of this paper is to challenge the commonsensical acceptance of commitments to excellence within postsecondary education and reveal their inherent neoliberal foundation. Because excellence appears neutral, natural, universal, and a legitimate educational goal, it obfuscates the embedded assumptions … Continue reading

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The Collapsing Business Plan of the Neoliberal University

The dominant business model for American higher education has collapsed, taking with it the financial integrity, academic quality, access, and independence that college and universities once enjoyed. Since the end of World War II two business models have defined the … Continue reading

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Beyond the Neoliberal Imaginary – Investigating the Role of Critical Pedagogy in Higher Education

This thesis uses the qualitative case study approach to investigate the lived experience of three faculty members in higher education who identify themselves as critical pedagogues during an era of neoliberal restructuring. This research explores what the possibilities are  for enacting critical pedagogies … Continue reading

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Factory Farms for the Mind, or Neoliberal Education

Anyone working in a third level institution over the last decade could hardly help but notice that the logic and lexicon of neoliberalism have become increasingly pervasive in Irish academic life. The slickly attired men of a certain age who … Continue reading

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Neoliberalization and managerialization of ‘education’ in England and Wales – a case for reconstructing education

This paper argues that the neoliberalization of education in England, begun in the 1980s, is having profoundly harmful effects on the lives of individuals and society. Neoliberalism represents a shift away from the post-war social democratic notion of universal “citizenship” … Continue reading

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