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Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity

Year 2020, Volume 5, Issue 1, 198 - 232, 07.05.2020
https://doi.org/10.30828/real/2020.1.6

Abstract

This qualitative study aims to explore how the culture of performativity resulting from the influences of neoliberal governmentality on the academe is perceived by academics throughout their career and interrogates how their perceptions could reflect on their professional identity. The study was conducted with twenty-four academics from state universities in Turkey. The analysis of the in-depth interviews revealed that the emerging culture of performativity in higher education institutions seems to establish three identity trajectories as perceived by academics. Accordingly, some resist to conforming to the neoliberal norms in the academe, some feel obliged to conform to these norms albeit with ethical dilemmas while some welcome and embrace these emerging norms. The findings highlight some threatening consequences of performativity as a neoliberal policy tool in higher education for both the soul of the academic profession and the quality of work in the context of Turkey. Implications are identified, which include the need to develop new policy tools prioritizing professional integrity and internal accountability to achieve desired quality in higher education.

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Year 2020, Volume 5, Issue 1, 198 - 232, 07.05.2020
https://doi.org/10.30828/real/2020.1.6

Abstract

References

  • Archer, M. S. (1982). Morphogenesis versus structuration: On combining structure and action. The British Journal of Sociology, 33(4), 455-483. Archer, M. S. (2000). Being human: The problem of agency. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Archer, L. (2008). Younger academics’ constructions of ‘authenticity’, ‘success’ and professional identity. Studies in Higher Education, 33(4), 385-403. doi:10.1080/03075070802211729 Balaban, U. (2012). Türkiye’de yükseköğretim reformu ve ABD’de endüstri-üniversite ilişkisinin tarihi [Higher education reform in Turkey and the history of industry-university relationship in the USA].Ankara Üniversitesi SBF Dergisi, 67(4), 25-61. Ball, S.J. (2000).Performativities and fabrications in the education economy: Towards the performative society? The Australian Educational Researcher, 27(2), 1-23. doi:10.1007/BF03219719

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Primary Language English
Subjects Social
Journal Section Articles
Authors

Tijen TÜLÜBAŞ This is me
NAMIK KEMAL UNIVERSITY
Türkiye


Şöheyda GÖKTÜRK This is me
Kocaeli University
Türkiye

Publication Date May 7, 2020
Published in Issue Year 2020, Volume 5, Issue 1

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Bibtex @research article { real733377, journal = {Research in Educational Administration and Leadership}, eissn = {2564-7261}, address = {}, publisher = {Educational Administration Research and Development Association}, year = {2020}, volume = {5}, number = {1}, pages = {198 - 232}, doi = {10.30828/real/2020.1.6}, title = {Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity}, key = {cite}, author = {Tülübaş, Tijen and Göktürk, Şöheyda} }
APA Tülübaş, T. & Göktürk, Ş. (2020). Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity . Research in Educational Administration and Leadership , 5 (1) , 198-232 . DOI: 10.30828/real/2020.1.6
MLA Tülübaş, T. , Göktürk, Ş. "Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity" . Research in Educational Administration and Leadership 5 (2020 ): 198-232 <https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/real/issue/54210/733377>
Chicago Tülübaş, T. , Göktürk, Ş. "Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity". Research in Educational Administration and Leadership 5 (2020 ): 198-232
RIS TY - JOUR T1 - Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity AU - TijenTülübaş, ŞöheydaGöktürk Y1 - 2020 PY - 2020 N1 - doi: 10.30828/real/2020.1.6 DO - 10.30828/real/2020.1.6 T2 - Research in Educational Administration and Leadership JF - Journal JO - JOR SP - 198 EP - 232 VL - 5 IS - 1 SN - -2564-7261 M3 - doi: 10.30828/real/2020.1.6 UR - https://doi.org/10.30828/real/2020.1.6 Y2 - 2020 ER -
EndNote %0 Research in Educational Administration and Leadership Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity %A Tijen Tülübaş , Şöheyda Göktürk %T Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity %D 2020 %J Research in Educational Administration and Leadership %P -2564-7261 %V 5 %N 1 %R doi: 10.30828/real/2020.1.6 %U 10.30828/real/2020.1.6
ISNAD Tülübaş, Tijen , Göktürk, Şöheyda . "Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity". Research in Educational Administration and Leadership 5 / 1 (May 2020): 198-232 . https://doi.org/10.30828/real/2020.1.6
AMA Tülübaş T. , Göktürk Ş. Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity. REAL is a scholarly peer-reviewed publication. 2020; 5(1): 198-232.
Vancouver Tülübaş T. , Göktürk Ş. Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity. Research in Educational Administration and Leadership. 2020; 5(1): 198-232.
IEEE T. Tülübaş and Ş. Göktürk , "Neoliberal Governmentality and Performativity Culture in Higher Education: Reflections on Academic Identity", Research in Educational Administration and Leadership, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 198-232, May. 2020, doi:10.30828/real/2020.1.6


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