Bullying as intra-active process in neoliberal universities

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Zabrodska, Katerina, Linnell, Sheridan, Laws, Cath and Davies, Bronwyn. (2011). Bullying as intra-active process in neoliberal universities. Qualitative Inquiry. 17(8), pp. 709 - 719. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800411420668
AuthorsZabrodska, Katerina, Linnell, Sheridan, Laws, Cath and Davies, Bronwyn
Abstract

The reformed neoliberal universities, with their micromanagement of ever-increasing productivity, competitiveness, and individualization, have recently been described as unhealthy institutions, creating conditions that incite incivility, workplace bullying, and other forms of employee abuse. In this article, the authors employ collective biography as a form of “diffractive methodology” in order to provide new, theoretically driven insights into workplace bullying in neoliberal universities. Drawing on the concepts of intra-activity and performativity, the authors examine bullying in universities as an intra-active process that informs and is informed by the desire of an individual to be recognized and to perform as a viable academic subject—one who is professional, flexible, and accountable within a neoliberal environment.

Keywordsintra-action; diffraction; neoliberal university; performativity; workplace bullying
Year2011
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Journal citation17 (8), pp. 709 - 719
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
ISSN1552-7565
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800411420668
Scopus EID2-s2.0-80053583771
Page range709 - 719
Research GroupSchool of Education
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Place of publicationUnited States of Australia
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