Searching for Authenticity and Success: Academic Identity and Production in Neoliberal Times

Budak Ö.

Universities in the Neoliberal Era: Academic Cultures and Critical Perspectives, Hakan Ergül,Simten Coşar, Editör, Palgrave Macmillan, London , London, ss.41-60, 2017

  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Yayınevi: Palgrave Macmillan, London 
  • Basıldığı Şehir: London
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.41-60
  • Editörler: Hakan Ergül,Simten Coşar, Editör


Continuing from where the previous chapter left off, Özgür Budak
investigates the relationship between neoliberalism’s impact on academic careers and the reshaping of academic identity. Based on ethnographic fieldwork incorporating cultural sociological perspectives, Budak convincingly reveals that similar tensions, fluctuations, and criticisms have been voiced by actors in the university environment at the other end of the European continent: Turkey. ‘The new era in higher education’, the author argues, ‘is frequently associated with increased feelings of insecurity and uncertainty’ (see Chap. 3, p. 56). Using interview data with academics at the beginning of their career, Budak demonstrates that, in order to position herself or himself as a meaningful player in the neoliberal university environment, the academic feels obliged to internalize ‘the sense of the game’ and develop sophisticated survival strategies.