Neoliberalism in Higher Education: Can We Understand? Can We Resist and Survive? Can We Become Without Neoliberalism?

Gaile S. Cannella, Mirka Koro-Ljungberg

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Concern regarding capitalism, profiteering, and the corporatization of higher education is not new. A market focus that creates students as consumers and faculty as service providers has dominated global practices in colleges and universities for some time. Most recently, however, this more liberal market-driven focus has actually morphed away from a jurisdictional emphasis (with a potential focus on fairness) to forms of veridiction (neoliberal truth regimes) that legitimate intervention into all aspects of society, the environment, interpretations of the world around us, even into the physical individual bodies of human beings as well as the more-than-human. In higher education, this neoliberal saturation has led to changes that are of seismic proportion. The authors in this special issue describe their own research into, interpretations of, and life experiences as they attempt to survive within this neoliberal condition, and as they also generate counter conducts and ways of thinking without neoliberalism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalCultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017


  • critical counter conduct
  • higher education
  • neoliberalism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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