Structure and Agency in the Neoliberal University

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This volume considers how current transitions in postsecondary education are impacting Higher Education (HE) institutions and subjects in a number of Northern nations, as well as how these transitions are indicative of the wider shift from the welfare to the market state. The university is now considered a key site for training and wealth generation in the so-called 'knowledge economy' that operates in a globalising, high tech world. Further, these transitions are underpinned by neo-liberal economic ideas that assume that the public sector is a drag on the economy unless it is subject to the rules, regulations and assumptions that govern the private sector. This excellent volume - an important contribution to Education as well as Economics and Politics - furthers our understandings of universities as marketable entities as part of the globalized economy.

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"This book is a refreshing counterblast to some of the prevailing rhetoric in global higher education – the rhetoric of markets, consumers and 'delivery' of educational products. It draws our attention to the shifts happening in higher education – not just in our own back yard, but across the globe."

- Marion Bowl, University of Canterbury, New Zealand Journal of Adult Learning

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Meet the Author

Joyce Canaan is a Reader in Sociology at Birmingham City University.

Wesley Shumar is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Drexel University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Setting the theoretical framework

1 Higher education in the era of globalization and neoliberalism Joyce E. Canaan Canaan, Joyce E. Wesley Shumar Shumar, Wesley 1

Pt. II System

2 Managing knowledge : intellectual property, instructional design and the manufacturing of higher education Jonathan T. Church Church, Jonathan T. 33

3 Public good or private value : a critique of the commodification of knowledge in higher education - a Canadian perspective Magda Lewis Lewis, Magda 45

4 Space, place and the American university Wesley Shumar Shumar, Wesley 67

5 Entrenching international inequality : the impact of the global commodification of higher education on developing countries Rajani Naidoo Naidoo, Rajani 84

6 Higher education reform in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan : the politics of neoliberal agendas in theory and practice Sarah Amsler Amsler, Sarah 101

Pt. III Practice

7 The variety of student experience : investigating the complex dynamics of undergraduate learning in Russell and non-Russell universities in England Patrick Ainley Ainley, Patrick Mark Weyers Weyers, Mark 131

8 Protocols and performances : scientific discourse in the molecular biology laboratory Carol B. Brandt Brandt, Carol B. 153

9 Indigenous epistemologies and the neoliberal view of higher education Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy Brayboy, Bryan McKinley Jones Angelina E. Castagno Castagno, Angelina E. Emma Maughan Maughan, Emma 172

10 No burden to carry : social constructions of class and self-improvement in Cape Breton Jane McEldowney Jensen Jensen, Jane McEldowney 193

11 Camaraderie, distraction and discouragement : academics and gendered patterns of peerinteractions among college students Laura M. Montgomery Montgomery, Laura M. 211

12 Communication and emotion in gendered organization : the hidden transcripts of power in higher education Breda Luthar Luthar, Breda Zdenka Sadl Sadl, Zdenka 234

13 A funny thing happened on the way to the (European social) forum : or how new forms of accountability are transforming academics' identities and possible responses Joyce E. Canaan Canaan, Joyce E. 256

Afterword University challenge : neoliberal abstraction and being more concrete Richard Johnson Johnson, Richard 278

Contributors 299

Index 305

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