Sociology, Neoliberalism, and Beyond

Part of the Sociology Transformed book series (SOTR)


This chapter considers the development of British sociology from 1979 to the present. It considers the rise of neoliberalism and the effects of this on the higher education system. The chapter examines target setting and the audit culture, the growth of research assessment, the changing funding landscape, marketisation, and the restructuring of the university system. These trends are seen as expressed in various attacks on sociology and social science and their implications for the government policies and funding cuts that led to contraction and departmental closures.


Neoliberalism Research assessment Public university Research funding Devolution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Essex UniversityColchesterUK
  2. 2.Exeter UniversityExeterUK

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