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Title: Managing Neoliberalism and the Strong State in Higher Education: Psychology Today
Authors: Parker, Ian A.
First Published: 9-Jun-2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Qualitative Research in Psychology, 2014, 11, pp. 250-264 (15)
Abstract: This article locates significant changes in the discipline of psychology in recent years in the context of transformations of higher education that in turn are a function of the emergence of “neoliberal” capitalism, which deregulates welfare and education services and places responsibility on the individual. The article reviews theoretical resources, from Marxism, poststructuralist theories of power, and feminism, and brings them to bear on narratives of the “paradigm revolution” in psychology—the attempt to shift research from laboratory-experimental method to a qualitative approach attentive to meaning and experience. These debates can now be seen to resonate with deeper political-economic changes that have taken place at the level of institutional management practices and subjectivity—changes profoundly gendered in line with the neoliberal emphasis on “emotional labour.” The article concludes with an account of the consequences for experience, rhetoric, affect, and self-abasement in these neoliberal conditions and for how we might understand the role of “psychologisation” in critical psychology, qualitative research, and the broader culture.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14780887.2013.872214
ISSN: 1478-0887
eISSN: 1478-0895
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, Taylor & Francis. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Psychology on 09 June 2014, available online:
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