Palgrave Studies on Global Policy and Critical Futures in Education

Mass Intellectuality of the Neoliberal State

Mass Higher Education, Public Professionalism, and State Effects in Chile

Authors: Fleet, Nicolas

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  • Engages with post-Marxist views on the productive and social transformations of post-industrial societies into cognitive capitalism
  • Provides extensive original analysis on the political roles that intellectual labour assumes in the post-bureaucratic organisation of the neoliberal state
  • Invigorates debates on state theory, cognitive capitalism, and student movements in Chile and Latin America
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This book addresses the political effects of the massification of higher education and intellectual labor in the neoliberal state. Using the case of Chile, the author argues that public professionalism emerges in the mass university system, producing excesses of knowledge which infuse the state with political purpose at many levels. The emergence of the student movement in 2011, then the major social mobilization against the neoliberal state since the restoration of democracy in 1990, provided a clear manifestation of the politicization and ideological divisions of the mass university system. In conditions of mass intellectuality, public professionals mobilize their political affinities and links with society, eventually affecting the direction of state power, even against neoliberal policy. Through several interviews with academics, public professionals, and other documentary and statistical analyses, the book illustrates the different sites of political socialization and the ideological effectiveness of the emergent mass intellectuality of the neoliberal state.

About the authors

Nicolas Fleet is Dean of Social, Legal and Economic Sciences at the Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez, Chile. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge, UK. His research focuses on political sociology and higher education.

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“This book is a required reading for understanding the current crisis of the Chilean neoliberal state. Most studies so far highlight the role played by the massification of higher education in the anti-neoliberal protests conducted by the student movement. Fleet’s main contribution is to identify the key role played by a totally unexpected actor: a large mass of highly educated public servants, who are the product of the explosive expansion of education and for decades have also contested the neoliberal state from within.”—Patricio Silva, Professor of Modern Latin American History, Leiden University, The Netherlands
“This highly original and readable study is going to re-invigorate debates on state theory and enliven current discourses on cognitive capitalism and the knowledge economy. The author's insightful investigation of the Chilean university student and secondary school student movements is eye-opening and vitally relevant to the current struggles in Chile and all of Latin America today.”—Stefano Harney, Honorary Professor, Institute of Gender, Race , Sexuality and Social Justice, University of British Columbia, Canada
“Nicolas Fleet shows how a mass intelligentsia grew out of a segregated education system in the world’s only truly neoliberal state. His masterly account of the bureaucracy, of education and of the clientelistic party system, offers a highly original explanation of the explosions of youth protest that opened the way to an unprecedented national consensus for the refoundation of the state in a Constitutional Assembly."
David Lehmann, Emeritus Reader in Social Science and former Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • The Political Potential of Mass Intellectuality

    Pages 1-30

    Fleet, Nicolas

  • The Non-bureaucratic Basis of the Bureaucracy: Universities and Mass Intellectuality

    Pages 31-90

    Fleet, Nicolas

  • The Shift of State Autonomy: From Formal Bureaucracy to Autonomous State Work

    Pages 91-121

    Fleet, Nicolas

  • The Labour of State Transformations: Public Professionals and Political Process

    Pages 123-169

    Fleet, Nicolas

  • Professional Configurations of Political Change and the Ideological Division of Intellectual Labour in the Chilean Public Administration

    Pages 171-216

    Fleet, Nicolas

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Hardcover 124,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mass Intellectuality of the Neoliberal State
Book Subtitle
Mass Higher Education, Public Professionalism, and State Effects in Chile
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies on Global Policy and Critical Futures in Education
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-77193-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-77193-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-77192-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 308
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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