Competition, innovation and diversity in higher education: dominant discourses, paradoxes and resistance

Dakka, Fadia (2019) Competition, innovation and diversity in higher education: dominant discourses, paradoxes and resistance. British Journal of Sociology of Education. pp. 1-15. ISSN 0142-5692

[img] Text
Competition - main document.docx

Download (51kB)

Abstract

This article explores the powerful yet contradictory role of neoliberalism, its competitive mechanisms and emotional logics Theoretically, it reviews the shifting state-higher education-market nexus through the lens of a critical cultural political economy paradigm. Conceptually, it closely examines Davies’ work on the ‘logic of competition’ (2014) and Naidoo’s idea of ‘competition fetish’ (2011, 2015, 2018) to expose the material and discursive dispositifs through which nation-states, institutions and individual actors mobilize universities to position themselves in the global knowledge economy. The discussion is informed and supported by empirical evidence drawn from a doctoral project (2013-14). The article aims to contribute to the extant critique of (higher) education by introducing the paradox of ‘polarized convergence’ as an instance of differentiation without diversity in the contemporary English university. Such paradox urges the re-visitation and broadening of the idea and practice of the entrepreneurial university to reinvigorate the link between competition, innovation and diversity

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L300 Sociology
X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE) > Re-thinking Higher Education Pedagogies and Practice
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA23: Education
Depositing User: Fadia Dakka
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2019 07:24
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 07:24
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8090

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Research

In this section...