On Quitting

Coin, Francesca (2017) On Quitting. Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization, 17 (3). pp. 235-249. ISSN 1473-2866

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Abstract

Over the past few years, there has been an ostensible growth in ‘quit lit’, a new genre of literature made of columns and opinion editorials detailing the reasons why scholars – with or without tenure – leave academia. This paper examines the impact of the neoliberal academia on subjectivity. In the neoliberal university, subjectivity is caught into a web of conflicting expectations. On the one hand, it is expected to live up to high standards of competition. On the other hand, the body experiences competition as a celebrated form of self-abuse. In this context, quitting is not merely about resigning an academic position. It is a symptom of the urge to create a space between the neoliberal discourse and the sense of self; an act of rebellion intended to abdicate the competitive rationality of neoliberal academia and embrace different values and principles.

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Journal Article
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Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization
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ID Code:
138354
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Deposited On:
30 Oct 2019 10:05
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Yes
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Published
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28 Aug 2020 04:58