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So many strategies, so little time ... making universities modern

Clarke, John (2010). So many strategies, so little time ... making universities modern. Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, 3(3) pp. 91–116.

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Abstract

This article examines the modernisation of universities in the U.K., arguing that heterogeneous policy objectives and strategies have become condensed in the construction of higher education as a governable system and the university as a corporate enterprise. It argues that managerialism has displaced and subordinated professional and administrative logics for the coordination of universities, articulating them into supporting roles. Finally, it examines some of the cultural psychological states associated with the contradictory and uncomfortable assemblage that is the modernized university: identifying fantasy, dissociation and professional melancholia. It concludes with an argument that nostalgia for a lost academic community cannot be a foundation for political challenges to the present model

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Berghahn Journals
ISSN: 1755-2281
Keywords: modernisation; managerialism; competition; corporate strategy; consumers; community; melancholia
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 28159
Depositing User: John Clarke
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 18:30
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2012 00:15
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/28159
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