International Studies in Widening Participation

The International Studies in Widening Participation is an open access journal established in late 2013. The journal aims to publish scholarly work on equity, access and excellence in widening student participation in tertiary education globally. The journal aims to engage academics, practitioners, and students on a wide range of topics related to widening participation.



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Social justice in the enterprise university: global perspectives on theory, policy, ethics and critical practice

Guest editors

Dr Anna Bennett, Dr Rachel Buchanan and Dr Erica Southgate (The University of Newcastle, Australia)

Rationale and themes

The global rise of the enterprise university (Marginson and Considine, 2000) reflects the increasing dominance of neo-liberal discourses within the field of education (Connell, 2012; Bennett et al. 2012). Although seemingly economic in focus, neo-liberalism is a comprehensive socio-political paradigm that informs our sense of ethical responsibility and social justice. Neo-liberal concepts of timeliness, accountability, individual entrepreneurship, efficiency, calculability, productivity and competitive achievement permeate universities and, some would argue, the subjectivities that higher education longs to produce (Clegg, 2010).

This Special Issue (Volume 2, Issue 2) consists of papers that grapple with the philosophical, social, theoretical and practical aspects of social justice and equity work within the context of the enterprise university. Rather than focus on a lament of the past and associated descriptions of the neo-liberal environment, the Special Issue explores the various forms of social justice and equity work that are conducted in this landscape and the opportunities that arise as a result. 

Posted: 2015-10-20
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International Studies in Widening Participation ISSN 2203-8841