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ERIC Number: EJ1082087
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
What Is the University Today?
Heaney, Conor
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v13 n2 p287-314 Oct 2015
What is the University today? In this paper, a Foucault and Deleuzo-Guattarian inspired approach is taken. I argue that the University is, today, a site of "neoliberal governmentality," which governs students and academics as sites of human capital. That is, students and academics are governed to self-govern themselves as sites of human capital. This transformation in how students and academics are governed will be identified as a recent trend through the examination of relevant UK-government reports on higher education. Furthermore, it will be identified as a trend that "decodes" knowledge -- in the specific sense developed by Deleuze and Guattari--which renders academic knowledge (the knowledge the student "consumes" and the knowledge the academic "produces") meaningless.
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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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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