Resisting Neoliberalism in Higher Education Volume II

Prising Open the Cracks

  • Catherine Manathunga
  • Dorothy Bottrell

Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Catherine Manathunga, Dorothy Bottrell
    Pages 1-22
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
    2. Catherine Manathunga, Peter Shay, Rosemarie Garner, Preetha Kolakkot Jayaram, Paul Barber, Bhatti Thi Kim Oanh et al.
      Pages 177-198
    3. Tai Peseta, Jeanette Fyffe, Fiona Salisbury
      Pages 199-217
    4. Mark Selkrig, Ron “Kim” Keamy, Kirsten Sadler, Catherine Manathunga
      Pages 247-269
    5. Catherine Manathunga, Dorothy Bottrell
      Pages 293-319
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 321-325

About this book


This book outlines the creative responses academics are using to subvert powerful market forces that restrict university work to a neoliberal, economic focus. The second volume in a diptych of critical academic work on the changing landscape of neoliberal universities, the editors and contributors examine how academics ‘prise open the cracks’ in neoliberal logic to find space for resistance, collegiality, democracy and hope. Adopting a distinctly postcolonial positioning, the volume interrogates the link between neoliberalism and the ongoing privileging of Euro-American theorising in universities. The contributors move from accounts of unmitigated managerialism and toxic workplaces, to the need to decolonise the academy to, finally, illustrating the various creative and counter-hegemonic practices academics use to resist, subvert and reinscribe dominant neoliberal discourses. This hopeful volume will appeal to students and scholars interested in the role of universities in advancing cultural democracy, as well as university staff, academics and students.


Neoliberalism within Higher Education Managerialism Positive praxis Neoliberal institutions The New Culture Wars

Editors and affiliations

  • Catherine Manathunga
    • 1
  • Dorothy Bottrell
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of the Sunshine CoastMaroochydoreAustralia
  2. 2.School of Education and Social WorkUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95833-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95834-7
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