ERIC Number: EJ1054553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Exhausting the Fatigue University: In Search of a Biopolitics of Research
D'Hoest, Florelle; Lewis, Tyson E.
Ethics and Education, v10 n1 p49-60 2015
Today it would seem that being fatigued is a fairly common physical and psychological effect of educational systems based on an increasing demand for high-yield performance quotas. In higher education, "publish or perish" is a kind of imperative to perform, perform better, and perform optimally leading to an overall economy of fatigue. In this paper we provide a critical theory of what we are calling the "fatigue university." While highlighting the negative costs of fatigue, we also provide a philosophical distinction between tiredness and exhaustion that disrupts the biopolitics of fatigue from the inside. To do so, we turn to Gilles Deleuze and Giorgio Agamben whose writings on exhaustion point to its educational importance. Indeed, it is through the very "illnesses" of exhaustion that the biopolitics of research can be problematized and opened up for new configurations.
Descriptors: Fatigue (Biology), Higher Education, Universities, Politics of Education, Critical Theory, Faculty Workload, College Faculty, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Theories, Institutional Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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