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Changing the academic subject

McWilliam, Erica L. (2004) Changing the academic subject. Studies in Higher Education, 29(2), pp. 151-163.

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Abstract

The paper examines the ways in which rationalities of risk currently work to produce the academic as a self-managing worker within the ‘post-welfare’ university as a risk-conscious organisation. It explores how risk minimisation as audit (individual, departmental, organisational), engages all individuals within the university in doing particular sorts of work on themselves, the work of turning themselves into ‘professional experts’. The theme is developed drawing on Mary Douglas’s (1966, 1990) theorising of ‘risk-as-danger’, Marilyn Strathern’s (1997) inquiry into the 'audit explosion' in universities, Ericson and Haggerty’s (1997) work on knowledge and professionalism within the risk-conscious organisation, and Castel’s (1991) understanding of the changing nature of the practitioner-client relationship in risk-conscious organisations.

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ID Code: 1033
Item Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1080/0307507042000190769
ISSN: 1470-174X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Studies in Higher Education 29(2):pp. 151-163.
Deposited On: 29 Jun 2005
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:08

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