Alpesh Maisuria, Svenja Helmes
October 16, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 120 Pages
ISBN 9780367347680 - CAT# 320673
Series: Routledge Research in Higher Education
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Life for the Academic in the Neoliberal University investigates the impact of neoliberalism on academics in today’s universities. Considering the experiences of early career researchers as well as more experienced academics, it outlines the de-professionalisation that takes place in academia and the nature of working life in the university.
The book traces the dramatic shift in the role and function of universities and academics over the last forty years. It considers how capitalist neoliberalism drives universities to operate like businesses in a cut-throat financialized education market place. Uniquely the book then provides a possible alternative in the form of the National Education Service (NES) and what this alternative system could look like.
Thought-provoking and relevant, this book will be of great interest for postgraduate students as well as new, emerging and established academics interested in the current state of higher education, academic life and possibilities for the future.
Organisation of the book
Chapter one - The Neoliberal Capitalism and Education
Origins of capitalism
Higher education for creating labour and productivity
Chapter two - Neoliberalisation of the University and Academic Work
Competition and (Quasi-)privatisation
The competitive academic
Chapter three - Reality for New and Prospective Academics, and Postgraduate Students
Flexibility, transferable skills and the social sciences/humanities
Targets and Mental Health
Early Career Academics
Chapter four - Struggle for a New Reality
Feasibility of the Emergence of Alternatives
Towards a National Education Service (NES)