The Toxic University

Zombie Leadership, Academic Rock Stars and Neoliberal Ideology

  • John Smyth

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

About this book

Introduction

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.

 

Keywords

neoliberalism higher education university academia policy elitism

Authors and affiliations

  • John Smyth
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Education and Professional DevUniversity of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-54968-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54976-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54968-6
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