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Palgrave Critical University Studies

The Toxic University

Zombie Leadership, Academic Rock Stars and Neoliberal Ideology

Authors: Smyth, John

  • Encourages outrage at what politicians have been allowed to do to universities, in terms of distorting and destroying their primary missions by converting them into cost-centres and annexes of the economy
  • Asks why academics have been so docile and compliant in allowing the wholesale dismantling of universities, and why there has been so little resistance
  • Systematically marshals the huge body of evidence bearing testimony to the relentless assault on universities, and asks: how might we stem this juggernaut trajectory?’
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This book considers the detrimental changes that have occurred to the institution of the university, as a result of the withdrawal of state funding and the imposition of neoliberal market reforms on higher education. It argues that universities have lost their way, and are currently drowning in an impenetrable mush of economic babble, spurious spin-offs of zombie economics, management-speak and militaristic-corporate jargon. John Smyth provides a trenchant and excoriating analysis of how universities have enveloped themselves in synthetic and meaningless marketing hype, and explains what this has done to academic work and the culture of universities – specifically, how it has degraded higher education and exacerbated social inequalities among both staff and students. Finally, the book explores how we might commence a reclamation. It should be essential reading for students and researchers in the fields of education and sociology, and anyone interested in the current state of university management.

 

About the authors

John Smyth is Visiting Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is also Emeritus Research Professor of Education at Federation University, Australia, and Emeritus Professor of Education at Flinders University, Australia. He is author of 35 books, a former Senior Fulbright Research Scholar, recipient of several awards from the American Educational Research Association, and an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Reviews

“Vividly illustrates how academia is being ruined by the pernicious stupidity of neoliberalism, and why it is so important we resist this incursion, corruption and degradation!” (Robin Simmons, Professor of Education, University of Huddersfield, UK)

“Calls out one of the most dangerous ideologies infecting universities today, neoliberalism. It provides a penetrating critique of what’s happening to academic labour and what might be done about it. A gem of a book written with passion, sociological curiosity and commitment to the truly educative purposes of universities.” (Barry Down, Professor of Education, Murdoch University, Australia)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: ‘Getting an Academic Life’

    Smyth, John

    Pages 1-26

  • Neoliberalism: An Alien Interloper in Higher Education

    Smyth, John

    Pages 27-54

  • Why the ‘Toxic’ University? A Case of Two Very Different Academics

    Smyth, John

    Pages 55-73

  • Why Zombie Leadership?

    Smyth, John

    Pages 75-97

  • Cultivation of the ‘Rock Star’ Academic Researcher?

    Smyth, John

    Pages 99-123

Buy this book

eBook £56.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-54968-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £72.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-54976-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Toxic University
Book Subtitle
Zombie Leadership, Academic Rock Stars and Neoliberal Ideology
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Critical University Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-54968-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-54968-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-54976-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 235
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