The (Im)possibility of the Intellectual Worker Inside the Neoliberal University

Article


Banfield, Grant, Maisuria, A. and Raduntz, Helen 2016. The (Im)possibility of the Intellectual Worker Inside the Neoliberal University. Educação & Formação. 1 (3), pp. 3-19.
AuthorsBanfield, Grant, Maisuria, A. and Raduntz, Helen
Abstract

The provocation and point of this paper is that universities of the North during the era of neoliberalism of have been sucked of their human life-giving capacities. What remains are closed doors and bare walls. Lest we give the impression of a hopelessly romantic view of the university (and embark upon a lament for some paradise lost), let us be clear from the outset: there is no such place – and there never has been. As will be outlined below, a consideration of the history of the university reveals it was born and has persistently drawn its life breath from oxygen formed in the tension ridden mix of an impulse to human freedom and accommodation to powers of church, state and capital. But, we contend, history is now the witness to the almost complete dissolution of that tension: to the exhaustion of emancipatory impulses in the service of indoctrination, regulation and accumulation. In the church-state-capital triad, it is the latter that has emerged hegemonic. Importantly, we argue, its dominance has emerged with the rise of what Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy describe as monopoly capital: the move from competitive (small entrepreneurial business) forms to monopolistic (large corporate business) regimes of accumulation (Baran & Sweezy 1966). A central feature of monopoly capitalism is its need for significant financial support of national states and the harnessing of public resources such as universities to feed accumulation. It is no surprise that neoliberalism, despite its neoclassical economic pronouncements, is a ‘big state’ advocate (Harvey 2005). Our argument is that neoliberalism, as the political workhorse of monopoly capitalism, has overseen a makeover of universities so they might behave like a monopoly capitalist corporation. Our time is the time of the near global domination of capital. The university has succumbed. In its colonisation – its capitalisation – the university has not only reinvented itself as a willing ally of capital but has also set about remaking itself in its image.

KeywordsIntellectual Worker; Universality; Neoliberalism
JournalEducação & Formação
Journal citation1 (3), pp. 3-19
ISSN2448-3583
Year2016
PublisherState University of Ceará
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-NC
Web address (URL)http://seer.uece.br/?journal=Redufor&page=issue&op=view&path%5B%5D=197
Publication dates
Print2016
Publication process dates
Deposited01 Sep 2016
Copyright informationThis is the English version of an article to be published in Portuguese translation in Educação & Formação.
Permalink -

https://repository.uel.ac.uk/item/85303

  • 12
    total views
  • 41
    total downloads
  • 2
    views this month
  • 5
    downloads this month

Related outputs

Neoliberal Development and Struggle Against It: The Importance of Social Class, Mystification and Feasibility
Maisuria, A. 2018. Neoliberal Development and Struggle Against It: The Importance of Social Class, Mystification and Feasibility. Aula Abierta. 47 (4), pp. 433-440.
Politics, Public Pedagogy and Action: Beyond a Pedagogy of Hope
Ravenscroft, A. and Maisuria, A. 2018. Politics, Public Pedagogy and Action: Beyond a Pedagogy of Hope. Chrysochou, Polina and Hill, Dave (ed.) The 8th International Conference on Critical Education. Stratford, London, UK 25 - 28 Jul 2018 International Conference on Critical Education.
Class Consciousness and Education in Sweden: A Marxist Analysis of Revolution in a Social Democracy
Maisuria, A. 2017. Class Consciousness and Education in Sweden: A Marxist Analysis of Revolution in a Social Democracy. Routledge.
The Neo-Liberalisation Policy Agenda and its Consequences for Education in England: A Focus on Resistance Now and Possibilities for the Future
Maisuria, A. 2014. The Neo-Liberalisation Policy Agenda and its Consequences for Education in England: A Focus on Resistance Now and Possibilities for the Future. Policy Futures in Education. 12 (2), pp. 286-296.
Mystification of production and feasibility of alternatives Social class inequality and education
Maisuria, A. 2017. Mystification of production and feasibility of alternatives Social class inequality and education. in: Cole, Mike (ed.) Education, Equality and Human Rights, 4th Edition Routledge.
The Neoliberalisation of Higher Education in England: An Alternatives is Possible
Cole, M. and Maisuria, A. 2017. The Neoliberalisation of Higher Education in England: An Alternatives is Possible. Policy Futures in Education. 15 (5), pp. 602-619.
Critical Realism for Marxist Sociology of Education: A Book Review Symposium
Maisuria, A., Beach, Dennis, Edwards, Gail and Themelis, Spyros 2017. Critical Realism for Marxist Sociology of Education: A Book Review Symposium. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. 15 (2).
Ethnography and Education
Maisuria, A. and Beach, Dennis 2017. Ethnography and Education. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education.
Testing times and the thirst for data: for what?
Maisuria, A. 2016. Testing times and the thirst for data: for what? Communications Department of The National Union of Teachers.
Class Struggle in Cultural Formation in Contemporary Times: A Focus on the Theoretical Importance of Antonio Gramsci and the Organic Intellectualism of Russell Brand
Maisuria, A. 2016. Class Struggle in Cultural Formation in Contemporary Times: A Focus on the Theoretical Importance of Antonio Gramsci and the Organic Intellectualism of Russell Brand. Knowledge Cultures. 4 (6), pp. 81-96.
Margaret Thatcher’s Legacy, Academisation and the Demise of State Education
Maisuria, A. 2015. Margaret Thatcher’s Legacy, Academisation and the Demise of State Education. The BERA Blog.
Neoliberal and Neoconservative Immiseration Capitalism in England: Policies and Impacts on Society and on Education
Hill, Dave, Lewis, Christine, Maisuria, A., Yarker, Patrick and Carr, Julia 2015. Neoliberal and Neoconservative Immiseration Capitalism in England: Policies and Impacts on Society and on Education. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. 14 (2), pp. 38-82.
The Corporate University: An E-interview with Dave Hill, Alpesh Maisuria, Anthony Nocella, and Michael Parenti
Marmol, Emil, Maisuria, A., Hill, Dave, Nocella, Anthony and Parenti, Michael 2015. The Corporate University: An E-interview with Dave Hill, Alpesh Maisuria, Anthony Nocella, and Michael Parenti. Critical Education. 6 (19), pp. 1-25.
Conservative Education Reloaded: Policy, Ideology and Impacts in England
Hill, Dave, Lewis, Christine, Maisuria, A., Yarker, Patrick and Hill, James 2016. Conservative Education Reloaded: Policy, Ideology and Impacts in England. Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies. 14 (3), pp. 1-42.