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Captured by the Discourse? The Socially Constitutive Power of New Higher Education Discourse in the UK.

Trowler, Paul (2001) Captured by the Discourse? The Socially Constitutive Power of New Higher Education Discourse in the UK. Organization, 8 (2). pp. 183-201. ISSN 1350-5084

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    Abstract

    This paper addresses the extent to which academic staff are ‘captured’ by the discourse associated with the ‘new higher education’ (NHE) in the UK and identifies the factors which condition their ability to displace, negotiate, reconstruct and create alternative discourses. In addressing this task, the paper draws on data from a five-year ethnographic study of an English university, NewU, a single document from NewU published after that study, a comparative study of ‘new’ academics in England and Canada, and spontaneous textual data produced at a conference on higher education. The paper concludes that the dialogical nature of universities means that the impact of NHE discourse on organizational practices is mitigated as it is read and reacted to in varied ways: that academics are not fundamentally ‘captured’ by this discursive form. However, caution is advised in extending this argument too far.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Organization
    Uncontrolled Keywords: agency • discourse • new higher education • policy • structure • text
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
    ID Code: 13852
    Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
    Deposited On: 03 Oct 2008 13:22
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:13
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13852

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