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Universities, reflexivity and critique: Uneasy parallels in practice

May, TP and Perry, BG 2013, 'Universities, reflexivity and critique: Uneasy parallels in practice' , Policy Futures in Education, 11 (5) , pp. 505-514.

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Abstract

There are profound changes affecting universities. Under pressure from the forward march of neo-liberalism, there is a process of forgetting about the origins of the university and its distinctive place in society. Whilst responses by university management often amplify these consequences, there are similar tendencies within academic professional cultures. Both combine to enable forms of power to individualise issues around the pursuit of recognition for global excellence. Within universities, this creates an organisational space or 'missing middle' that needs to be the subject of reflexive consideration and action in order that the unique role of the university in society is not lost. This article examines these forces in order to contribute to a critical reflexive practice to resist current forces and develop resistant and imaginative cultures.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Policy Futures in Education
Publisher: Symposium Journals
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1478-2103
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: VL Simpson
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2013 14:21
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:55
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/30704

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