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Prising Open the Cracks Through Polyvalent Lines of Inquiry

  • Catherine ManathungaEmail author
  • Dorothy Bottrell
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Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)

Abstract

Despite the pervasiveness of neoliberalism in universities, there remain significant pockets of freedom. In this chapter, we argue for the development of an ecology of decolonisation within the academy that shifts thinking Southward; that resists rankism; that mobilises labour and communities and that encourages individuals to work continuously to decentre whiteness. This volume contains ingenious, determined efforts by academics to prise open the cracks within neoliberal universities and mobilise opportunities created by neoliberalism’s cracked logics. It explores the emergence of new counter-hegemonic academic ontologies and practices that flourish once the light is let in. These creative modes of criticality, resistance, collegiality and solidarity create the conditions for radical hope in universities and in the communities they serve. They take seriously the fundamental work of universities towards equity and social justice and illustrate the central role universities can continue to play in the struggle for cultural democracy.

Keywords

Neoliberalism Collegiality Solidarity Decolonisation Radical hope Cultural democracy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of the Sunshine CoastMaroochydoreAustralia
  2. 2.School of Education and Social WorkUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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