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ERIC Number: EJ986766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7724
Cultural Regulation and the Reshaping of the University
O'Brien, Stephen
Globalisation, Societies and Education, v10 n4 p539-562 2012
This paper is set within the context of university change in the Republic of Ireland. Irish third-level institutions are increasingly situated, whilst situating themselves, in the global advance of the so-called "entrepreneurial" university model. This model promotes knowledge as utilitarian and performative that, in turn, informs new organising principles that pervade mission statements, policy choices and inter-related cultural practices. Such a change force benefits from significant moral, financial and politico-ideological support at national, European and global levels. Symbolic and real links between education and the economy lie at the heart of this paradigm. Most visibly, rationalisation and innovation measures, rooted within the education-economy relation, powerfully pervade the daily life of the world's universities. These and other related cultural practices are presently legitimated by recessionary conditions and are progressively harmonised by the advance of multi-layered disciplinary technologies. Foucauldian insights into these illuminate how corporate culture is regulated within university and how teachers' identities and work practices are shaped by, and simultaneously shape, new cultural practices. This paper concerns itself with providing a critical conceptual lens through which to explicate the power effects of corporate culture. Furthermore, this paper addresses possible resolutions to challenges and possibilities that ensue. In particular, Foucault's concept of "problematisation" is evoked as a direct challenge to a "normative allegiance" to the cultural reshaping of the university. (Contains 15 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland