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ERIC Number: EJ1064003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
Against the Corrosive Language of Corpspeak in the Contemporary University
Katz, Louise
Higher Education Research and Development, v34 n3 p554-567 2015
Many universities today are businesses, embracing the priorities and values of any other consumerist enterprise. There is an argument that, insofar as the phenomenon of marketisation is a function of what (Michaels, F. [2011]. "Monoculture: How one story is changing everything". Red Clover Press) terms a global economic "monoculture", these developments are inevitable. Nevertheless, this article argues against such rhetoric that embraces the neoliberal principle of unrestrained growth and that has public universities adopting a business model, applying managerialist approaches, measuring and -- most importantly in the context of this article -- "expressing" worth and purpose in corporate terms, as these prioritise commerce over the cultivation of creative and critical thought essential to healthy social functioning. It argues for an educational environment that enables multiple ways of seeing, thinking and living to flourish. The particular focus is on the deleterious effects of corporatising language within universities. I reflect upon how this language is used to express notions of value and to shape identity. In (Fairclough, N. [2004]. "Analysing discourse: Textual analysis for social research". London: Routledge) phrasing, texts "have causal effects upon, and contribute to changes in, people?…?actions, social relations, and the material world"; thus, I examine language-based conceptual inadequacies, misrepresentations, and what Bourdieu terms "unconscious inclusions" -- within many contemporary universities. I then consider what style of language, what other attitudes and approaches, actually support the university as a learning place with a specific cultural role, rather than presenting it as another "multi-output organisation".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia