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Dark Academia - How Universities Die

Dark Academia - How Universities Die
Cover: Ragasztott
ISBN: 9780745341064
Language: angol
Size: 129*198
Weight: 200 g
Page no.: 224
Publish year: 2021
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Dark Academia - How Universities Die

There is a strong link between the neoliberalisation of higher education over the last 20 years and the psychological hell now endured by its staff and students. While academia was once thought of as the best job in the world - one that fosters autonomy, craft, intrinsic job satisfaction and vocational zeal - you would be hard-pressed to find a lecturer who believes that now.

Peter Fleming delves into this new metrics-obsessed, overly hierarchical world to bring out the hidden underbelly of the neoliberal university. He examines commercialisation, mental illness and self-harm, the rise of managerialism, students as consumers and evaluators, and the competitive individualism which casts a dark sheen of alienation over departments.

Arguing that time has almost run out to reverse this decline, this book shows how academics and students need to act now if they are to begin to fix this broken system.

Table of contents

Introduction: Infinite Hope... But Not For Us
1. Dark Academia
2. La La Land
3. Welcome to the Edu-Factory
4. The Authoritarian Turn in Universities
5. You're Not a Spreadsheet With Hair
6. The Demise of Homo Academicus
7. High Impact...
8. The Academic Star-Complex
9. Student Hellscapes
10. How Universities Die
Conclusion: Are Some Lost Causes Truly Lost?

Peter Fleming is Professor of Organisation Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is the author of The Mythology of Work (Pluto, 2015) and The Death of Homo Economicus (Pluto, 2017).

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