The living dead and the dead living: contagion and complicity in contemporary universities

Randell-Moon, Holly and Saltmarsh, Sue and Sutherland-Smith, Wendy (2013) The living dead and the dead living: contagion and complicity in contemporary universities. In: Zombies in the academy: living death in higher education. Intellect Books, Bristol, United Kingdom, pp. 53-65. ISBN 978-1-84150-714-9

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Abstract

In this chapter, we examine the current state of professional academic freedom and research in terms what we see as the zombification of the academy. We argue that neoliberal reforms to the academy have created a research culture that treats academics as non-thinking entities (the living dead), who feel they have limited control over their research and funding amidst a pervasive and contagious audit culture. But whilst these reforms may be experienced by academics as an externally introduced form of control that saps or sucks the ‘life’ out of research activity, the proliferation of neoliberal reforms is only enabled
through the complicit reproduction of an audit culture by academics themselves. In this sense, academics (as the dead living) also contribute, in ambivalent and contradictory ways, to the zombification of the academy.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2017 04:25
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 02:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: professional academic freedom; research; funding; universities; higher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930403 School/Institution Policies and Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30186

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