What is the university today?

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What is the University today? In this paper, a Foucault and Deleuzo-Guattarian inspired approach is taken. I argue that the University is, today, a site of ‘neoliberal governmentality’, which governs students and academics as sites of human capital. That is, students and academics are governed to self-govern themselves as sites of human capital. This transformation in how students and academics are governed will be identified as a recent trend through the examination of relevant UK-government reports on higher education. Furthermore, it will be identified as a trend that ‘decodes’ knowledge – in the specific sense developed by Deleuze and Guattari – which renders academic knowledge (the knowledge the student ‘consumes’ and the knowledge the academic ‘produces’) meaningless.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-314
Number of pages28
JournalJournal for Critical Education Policy Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015


  • Foucault
  • Deleuze
  • Guattari
  • neoliberalism
  • governmentality
  • knowledge


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