The Toxic University

Zombie Leadership, Academic Rock Stars and Neoliberal Ideology
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Systematically marshals the huge body of evidence bearing testimony to the relentless assault on universities, and asks: how might we stem this juggernaut trajectory?
Chapter 1. Introduction: 'Getting an Academic Life'.- Chapter 2. Neoliberalism: An Alien Interloper in Higher Education.- Chapter 3. Why the 'Toxic' University? A Case of Two Very Different Academics.- Chapter 4. Why Zombie Leadership?.- Chapter 5. Cultivation of the 'Rock Star' Academic Researcher?.- Chapter 6. The University as an Instrument of 'Class'.- Chapter 7. The 'Cancer Stage of Capitalism' in Universities.- Chapter 8. Enough is Enough... of this Failed Experiment of Killing the Host.- Chapter 9. Get Off My Bus! The Reversal of What We have been Doing in Universities.
This book considers the detrimental changes that have occurred to the institution of the university, as a result of the withdrawal of state funding and the imposition of neoliberal market reforms on higher education. It argues that universities have lost their way, and are currently drowning in an impenetrable mush of economic babble, spurious spin-offs of zombie economics, management-speak and militaristic-corporate jargon. John Smyth provides a trenchant and excoriating analysis of how universities have enveloped themselves in synthetic and meaningless marketing hype, and explains what this has done to academic work and the culture of universities - specifically, how it has degraded higher education and exacerbated social inequalities among both staff and students. Finally, the book explores how we might commence a reclamation. It should be essential reading for students and researchers in the fields of education and sociology, and anyone interested in the current state of university management.
Autor: John Smyth
John Smyth is Visiting Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is also Emeritus Research Professor of Education at Federation University, Australia, and Emeritus Professor of Education at Flinders University, Australia. He is author of 35 books, a former Senior Fulbright Research Scholar, recipient of several awards from the American Educational Research Association, and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

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Autor: John Smyth
ISBN-13 :: 9781137549761
ISBN: 1137549769
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.07.2017
Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Gewicht: 453g
Seiten: 235
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Buch, 216x154x22 mm, Bibliographie
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