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The neoliberal regime in English higher education: charters, consumers and the erosion of the public good

Naidoo, R., Williams, Joanna (2014) The neoliberal regime in English higher education: charters, consumers and the erosion of the public good. Critical Studies in Education, . pp. 1-18. ISSN DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2014.939098. (doi:DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2014.939098) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The restructuring of higher education (HE) according to neoliberal market principles has constructed the student consumer as a social category, thereby altering the nature, purpose and values of HE. In England, a key government attempt to champion the rights of the student consumer has taken the form of institutional charters which indicate the level of services students can expect to receive and what they will be expected to do in return. Pierre Bourdieu’s conceptual framework is applied to analyse the dynamics of practice in the context of the intensification of marketisation in English universities. The impact on student identities and learning processes, on the curriculum and on the academic practices of faculty is explored. By studying the production of institutional information related to charters, a particular image of the ‘good’ student is promoted to prospective students, which simultaneously regulates current student expectations. We argue that the marketisation of learning may result in passive and instrumental learners, a reduction in the range of disciplinary knowledge and a deterrence of innovation in teaching practices, all of which impact on the public good functions of universities.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: DOI: 10.1080/17508487.2014.939098
Uncontrolled keywords: Bourdieu; educational policy; higher education; inequality/social exclusion in education; neoconservatism/neoliberalism; social class
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Depositing User: Joanna Williams
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2014 12:49 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/46255 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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