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The Toxic University: Zombie Leadership, Academic Rock Stars and Neoliberal Ideology

The Toxic University: Zombie Leadership, Academic Rock Stars and Neoliberal Ideology

Smyth, John, author

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Published London: Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]

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Statement of responsibility: John Smyth
ISBN: 113754967X, 1137549688, 9781137549679, 9781137549686
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Physical Description: 1 online resource.
Other Number: 10.1057/978-1-137-54968-6
Series: Palgrave critical university studies
Subject: Social Science Sociology General.; Organization & management of education.; Educational strategies & policy.; Higher & further education, tertiary education.; Education.; Sociology.; Education, Higher.; EDUCATION / Higher; Education Higher.; Education Educational Policy & Reform General.; Universities and colleges Administration.; Education Philosophy & Social Aspects.; Education Administration General.
Series Title: Palgrave critical university studies.


  1. Series Editor's Preface
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Contents
  4. Chapter 1 Introduction: 'Getting an Academic Life'
  5. What Is This Book About?
  6. Why Am I Writing This Book, and in This Particular Way?
  7. Pathological Organizational Dysfunction
  8. What Then Is My Perspective in This Book?
  9. How Is This Book Structured and Organized?
  10. References
  11. Chapter 2 Neoliberalism: An Alien Interloper in Higher Education
  12. 'The End of the University as We Know It' (Brown 2011, p. 117)
  13. The 'Corrosion of Character': The Corruption and Proletarianization of an Academic Identity
  14. Exploring the 'Hidden Transcripts' of the Neoliberalizing UniversityOut of This Crisis
  15. References
  16. Chapter 3 Why the 'Toxic' University? A Case of Two Very Different Academics
  17. What Is Meant by Toxic?
  18. Academic Work: A Case of Identity Theft?
  19. References
  20. Chapter 4 Why Zombie Leadership?
  21. How Then, Does Zombie Leadership Work in Universities?
  22. Rank Hypocrisies….League Tables and Rankings as an Academic Muzzle!
  23. References
  24. Chapter 5 Cultivation of the 'Rock Star' Academic Researcher?
  25. How Then Is Competition Corrupting Academic Work?
  26. Move Over Collegiality, Loyalty Trumps Productivity
  27. Chapter 8 Enough Is Enough…of This Failed Experiment of 'Killing the Host'Let's Hear It Again…Voices from the Academy!
  28. How Then, to Do This-Something About My Method?
  29. Damage, Despair, Violence and Sense of Loss (42 Titles)
  30. The Rise of the Marketized, Corporate, Managed, Administrative, Neoliberal University (25 Titles)
  31. A Scene of Rampant Confusion and Loss of Way (23 Titles)
  32. Attempts at Reclamation, Reinvention, Reimagination, and Recovery from This Ill-Conceived Experiment (20 Titles)
  33. References
  34. Chapter 9 Get off My Bus! The Reversal of What We Have Been Doing in Universities
  35. Now, for a Major Confessional RecantLet's Subvert the Stupidity of the Proponents
  36. An Educative Way of Confronting This Violence
  37. The Logic of 'Small Wins'
  38. References
  39. Author Index
  40. Subject Index