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ERIC Number: EJ1033446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
University Movements as Laboratories of Counter-Hegemony
Sotiris, Panagiotis
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v14 n1 p1-21 Feb 2014
Beginning with a reading of Kant's "The Conflict of the Faculties" and then moving towards a tentative possible theorization of the University as a hegemonic apparatus this paper aims at discussing university movements in terms of (counter) hegemony. Recent struggles against austerity, neoliberalism and the erosion of democracy, have brought together students, researchers and academics along with activists from different movements. The current restructuring of Higher Education induces profound changes in its functioning as a hegemonic apparatus, in the Gramscian sense, aiming not only at making universities more efficient and market oriented but also at embedding a new and more aggressive form of neoliberal hegemony. In light of all these, resistances to the entrepreneurialization of Universities should be viewed as not only attempts to defend public education as a public social good but also as attempts to create new forms of subaltern counter-hegemony. Militant academics must see themselves as critical educators but also as facilitators of mass critical intellectuality in direct relation to movements both within and outside academia. This requires experimentation with new forms of collective research and critical enquiry, new practices to produce and disseminate knowledge within movements, and an awareness of the potential to change the ideological balance of forces. In this sense mass movements in Higher Education can be seen not only as "pressure groups" in favour of public universities but also as integral parts of efforts to create laboratories of a new (counter) hegemony.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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