Don’t fear the reaper? The Zombie university and eating braaaains

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Abstract

This article explores the role and function of neoliberalism in higher education, particularly in its manifestations after the Global Financial Crisis. Theories of managerialism are overlaid not only with questions about the purpose and role of higher education in the economy, but also the renegotiation of power and identity after 2008. Ulrich Beck’s zombie concept is reactivated and applied to the university. The paper moves through a discussion of the zombie and Beck’s zombie categories and concepts, and then concludes with a section applying these ideas to higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalKOME
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Higher education studies
  • Neoliberalism
  • Ulrich beck
  • Zombie category
  • Zombie concept
  • Zombie university

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