Shedding Light on the Cracks in Neoliberal Universities

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


Harnessed to economic purposes and gripped by rampant managerialism, the scope of academic work is diminished and subject to punitive performance regimes. This book aims to shed light on how academics are negotiating these changes and ‘seeing through the cracks’ to spaces of resistance. In this chapter we outline the backstory and situate the collection and approach to resistance within the field of Critical University Studies. We discuss the metaphor of seeing through the cracks in terms of openings to cultural democratisation of the 1970s and 1980s, then introduce the chapters, organised around two themes of seeing outside-in and inside-out.


Neoliberal universities Managerialism Critical university studies Cultural democratisation Academic resistance 


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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