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ERIC Number: EJ1128962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Opening Up the Pandora's Box of Sustainability League Tables of Universities: A Kafkaesque Perspective
Jones, David R.
Studies in Higher Education, v42 n3 p480-503 2017
The aim of this paper is to explore the institutional impact of sustainability league tables on current university agendas. It focuses on a narrative critique of one such league table, the UK's "Green League Table", compiled and reported by the student campaigning NGO, "People & Planet" annually between 2007 and 2013. Through a Kafkaesque perspective, this paper offers the proposition that such league tables could be acting as an institutional hegemonic mechanism for social legitimacy, through the desire by universities to show that environmental issues are effectively under control. Espoused eco-narratives of the "carbon targets imperative" and "engagement" can serve as a form of deception, by merely embracing the narrative as a rhetorical device. Moreover, they can serve the exclusive, particularistic self-interests of a growing legion of "carbon managers", "sustainability managers" and "environmental managers" in satisfying the neo-liberal institutional drive from their vice chancellors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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