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Resisting Neoliberalism in Higher Education Volume I

Seeing Through the Cracks

  • Dorothy Bottrell
  • Catherine Manathunga


  • Comprises the first volume of this diptych of critical academic work analysing the dominance of neoliberalism within universities

  • Exposes how academics can negotiate and exploit the 'cracks' or spaces within neoliberal managerialism

  • Highlights the lived experiences of changing academic roles and the realities of insitutional life


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Dorothy Bottrell, Catherine Manathunga
    Pages 1-33
  3. Seeing Outside-In

  4. Seeing Inside-Out

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 329-336

About this book


In light of the overwhelming presence of neoliberalism within academia, this book examines how academics resist and manage these changes. The first of two volumes, this diptych of critical academic work investigates generative spaces, or ‘cracks’ in neoliberal managerialism that can be exposed, negotiated, exploited and energised with renewed collegiality, subversion and creativity. The editors and contributors explore how academics continue to find space to work in collegial ways; defying the neoliberal logic of ‘brands’ and ‘cost centres’. Part I of this diptych illuminates the lived experiences of changing academic roles; portraying institutional life without the glossy filter of marketing campaigns and brochures, and revealing generative spaces through critical testimony, fiction, arts-based projects, feminist and Indigenous critical scholarship. It will be of interest and value to anyone concerned with neoliberalism in academia, as well as higher education more generally.


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

Editors and affiliations

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

About the editors

Catherine Manathunga is Professor of Education Research at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. An historian who draws together interdisciplinary expertise to bring an innovative perspective to higher education research, she has published widely on doctoral education, cultural diversity and academic identity.
Dorothy Bottrell is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney and casual HDR Supervisor at Victoria University, Melbourne. Her research interest in critical studies in higher education centres on academic resilience and she has published widely on youth, crime, and education studies.

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