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Compliance and Resistance Within Neoliberal Academia

Biographical Stories, Collective Voices

  • Based on the results of collaborative ethnographies

  • Tells frank and compelling narratives about the state of academic life in a neoliberal world

  • Appeals to academics and institutions alike

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Setting the Scene: Research and Writing Against the Neoliberal Grain

    • Susan Gair, Tamar Hager, Omri Herzog
    Pages 1-22Open Access
  3. The Manufactured CV

    • Susan Gair, Tamar Hager, Omri Herzog
    Pages 23-50Open Access
  4. Challenging Knowledge In/Accessibility

    • Susan Gair, Tamar Hager, Omri Herzog
    Pages 51-81Open Access
  5. Tackling Difference in a Neoliberal Classroom

    • Susan Gair, Tamar Hager, Omri Herzog
    Pages 83-114Open Access
  6. Closing Thoughts: Academic Hazards and Opportunities

    • Susan Gair, Tamar Hager, Omri Herzog
    Pages 115-125Open Access
  7. Correction to: Compliance and Resistance within Neoliberal Academia

    • Susan Gair, Tamar Hager, Omri Herzog
    Pages C1-C1Open Access
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 127-134

About this book

This open access book reflects on academic life under a neoliberal regime. Through collaborative autoethnographies, the authors share stories about the everyday experiences, dilemmas and conflicts of three academics: the struggle for promotion, teaching’s challenges, the race to publish, confronting bureaucracy and institutional politics, as well as the resulting emotional stress. These stories reveal the impact of neoliberal culture on ideological, economic, social, collegial, and emotional integrity which are integral to academics’ lives today. But along with the challenges, the authors present their vision of hope, and transformation through academic solidarity - and for the silenced voices to be heard, inside academia and beyond it.

This is an open access book.


  • Academic marketplace
  • Neoliberalism
  • Resistance Writing
  • Collective biographies
  • Feminist Methodologies
  • Autoethnography in higher education
  • Open Access


“This book is essential reading - for all academics, and anyone else concerned about the role of higher education in building just and democratic societies.  Based on the authors' auto-ethnographic reflections, this confronting, and at times provocative book, elucidates the very real challenges, tensions and injustices of working within contemporary neoliberal universities. While neoliberal governance seeks to obliterate and invisibilise the value of academic work, the authors maintain narratives that inspire hope and courage to contest neoliberal tyranny, and ultimately provide a compelling argument about the fundamental importance of repositioning students and educators at the centre of our Universities” (Christine Morley PhD, Professor of Social Work, Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

Authors and Affiliations

  • College of Arts, James Cook University, Douglas, Australia

    Susan Gair

  • Dept. of Education & Gender Studies, Tel-Hai College, Upper Galilee, Israel

    Tamar Hager

  • Department of Cultural Studies, Sapir College, Sha’ar Hanegev, Israel

    Omri Herzog

About the authors

Susan Gair is Associate Professor in the College of Arts at James Cook University, Australia. Her research interests include critical social work practice, child adoption policy and practice, challenging inequalities, and promoting culturally respectful practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Tamar Hager is Associate Professor in the Education Department and Gender Studies Program at Tel Hai College, Israel. She has written several autoethnographies on motherhood, activism, and teaching. Her writings address feminist methodologies, neoliberal academia, multiculturalism and critical pedagogy.

Omri Herzog is Senior Lecturer in the Cultural Studies Department at Sapir College, Israel. His research interests include corporeal politics, popular cultural critique, and the dynamics of contemporary Israeli culture.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Compliance and Resistance Within Neoliberal Academia

  • Book Subtitle: Biographical Stories, Collective Voices

  • Authors: Susan Gair, Tamar Hager, Omri Herzog

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-66317-9Published: 23 July 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-66318-6Published: 22 July 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 134

  • Topics: Higher Education, Gender Studies, Sociology of Education, Philosophy of the Self

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)