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Students' unions, consumerism and the neo-liberal university

Brooks, RM, Byford, K and Sela, K (2015) Students' unions, consumerism and the neo-liberal university British Journal of Sociology of Education.

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Abstract

This article explores the economic relationships between individual students’ unions and their wider institutions, and the ways in which they articulate with a pervasive consumerist agenda across the higher education sector. We draw on data from a UK-wide study to argue that students’ unions have an ambivalent relationship with consumerist discourses: on the one hand, they often reject the premise that the higher education student is best conceptualised as a consumer; yet, on the other, they frequently accept aspects of consumerism as a means of, for example, trying to protect their independence and autonomy. We explore whether this particular form of positioning with respect to consumerism is best conceptualised as a form of resistance, or whether it has become extremely difficult for students’ unions to take up any other position in a system that is driven by market logic

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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AuthorsEmailORCID
Brooks, RMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Byford, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sela, KUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 20 May 2015
Identification Number : 10.1080/01425692.2015.1042150
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Additional Information : © 2015 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in British Journal of Sociology of Education on 20 May 2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01425692.2015.1042150
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 Sep 2015 11:48
Last Modified : 20 Nov 2016 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/807480

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