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ERIC Number: EJ1175718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Bolt-Holes and Breathing Spaces in the System: On Forms of Academic Resistance (Or, Can the University Be a Site of Utopian Possibility?)
Webb, Darren
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v40 n2 p96-118 2018
We live in the era of the corporate-imperial university. The notion of "the corporate university" points to the academy as a marketized sphere in which the costs of education are shifted from the state onto students. A key element of the critiques of both the corporate and the imperial university is the erosion of academic freedom and the disciplining of dissent. The scope for resistance is becoming narrower and narrower. The question raised in this article is a simple one: Is resistance possible within the corporate-imperial university? How, where and by whom can it be challenged? The author approaches these questions as a functionary within a U.K. university and also as a political utopian, as some-one who has called repeatedly for renewed utopian thinking and practice both in general and within the sphere of education more specifically (see Webb 2009, 2013, 2017). What can utopists do to counter and resist the trajectory of the corporate-imperial university? To put a more positive gloss on the question: to what extent can the university serve as a site of utopian possibility? What utopian potential inheres within the contemporary corporate-imperial university?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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