Striving towards a politics of possibility


It stands to reason that critical theorists should be interested in the newest student movements working to challenge the neoliberalisation of higher education. Yet, while these politics are pushing the limits of critical knowledge about the cultivation of new modalities of radical political resistance, their theoretical significance remains marginalised within the academy. While the academic literature is replete with analysis of the long-anticipated ‘crisis of the university’, many professional responses to the most recent privatisation policies have been muted and ambivalent; or, at the very least, hopeful that the trends can be arrested or mitigated by sanctioned operations of professional critique and opposition. In this essay, I suggest that some of the recent work of student activists demonstrates both the contingency of this position and the possibility of cultivating new political subjectivities and critical-experimental modalities of resistance, within and beyond the university.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: neoliberalism,politics of possibility,professionalisation,student movements,university
Publication ISSN: 1572-3763
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2024 08:04
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2011 11:03
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Published Date: 2011-06
Authors: Amsler, Sarah S.


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