The Struggle for Social Impact and Public Legitimacy
Chapter 3: A shortfall of resistance: peripheral yet powerful zones of (non)participation
This chapter looks at the ways in which academics and students have responded in resistance to the neoliberalization of universities in the UK and the terms of competitive accountability. It considers how academics’ non-compliance with the expectations and demands of competitive accountability causes their marginalization and exclusion from university life. It is argued, however, that this kind of enforced displacement generates powerful zones of (non)participation through which critical solidarity and collective activism are mobilized. The chapter concludes with five hypotheses concerning a counter-hegemonic response to competitive accountability.
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