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Palgrave Critical University Studies

Higher Education Discourse and Deconstruction

Challenging the Case for Transparency and Objecthood

Authors: Cocks, Neil

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  • Offers a new approach to higher education discourse by analysing through a lens of literary criticism
  • Interrogates current assumptions on the state of higher education
  • Suggests how contemporary higher education can avoid the snares of managerialism
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About this book

This book presents a critique of neoliberalism within UK Higher Education, taking its cue from approaches more usually associated with literary studies. It offers a sustained and detailed close reading of three works that might be understood to fall outside the established body of educational theory. The unconventional methodology and focus promote irreducible difference and complexity, and in this stage a resistance to reductive discourses of managerialism. Questioning the materialism to which all sides of the contemporary pedagogical debate increasingly appeal, the book sets out a challenge to investments in ‘excellence’, ‘transparency’ and objecthood. It will be of interest to students and researchers in the fields of education, sociology, and literary theory.

About the authors

Neil Cocks is Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Reading, UK. His research interests include nineteenth century literature, children's literature, psychoanalysis, and visual culture.

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“Cocks’s compelling argument is that when the aim of those critics is to free theory from the tyranny of subjectivity, we are in for a new tyranny: that of the self-evident. This book’s sustained plea to still engage with both irredeemable textuality and the excessiveness of subjectivity should be mandatory reading for scholars and their managers.” (Jan de Vos, University of Ghent, Belgium)

“This astonishing and necessary book neatly dismantles discourses of transparency in contemporary education, and reflexively interrogates ostensibly radical responses to the various ways scholars in the university sector are monitored and undermined. Neil Cocks provides invaluable ammunition for those who really do want to defend academic space. His book is an argument for and exemplar of good critical textual practice.” (Ian Parker, Emeritus Professor of Management, University of Leicester, UK)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • Introduction: Transparency and Objecthood

    Pages 1-16

    Cocks, Neil

  • ‘[…] Not much like a Grove […]’: Openness, Object, and Agora in ‘The Lecherous Professor Revisited’ by Diane Purkiss

    Pages 17-38

    Cocks, Neil

  • Therapy and its Discontents: Bullying, Freedom and Self-Evidence in The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education by Kathryn Ecclestone and Dennis Hayes

    Pages 39-61

    Cocks, Neil

  • New-Managerial Ontology: Materiality, Vision and Disclosure in Non-Representational Theory by Nigel Thrift

    Pages 63-92

    Cocks, Neil

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52983-7
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
Softcover $69.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Higher Education Discourse and Deconstruction
Book Subtitle
Challenging the Case for Transparency and Objecthood
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Critical University Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52983-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52983-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-52982-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85030-6
Series ISSN
2662-7329
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 95
Topics