Beyond Deficit Culture: Conceptualising Collectives

  • Victor Merriman


This chapter reflects on contemporary ways of imagining collectives, against a cultural shift from collectivism to individualism, under neo-liberalisation. It explores Deficit Culture as a contemporary, mediated mythology. It considers emerging political options for human flourishing beyond neo-liberal individualism, in the writings of Hilary Wainwright (2018). It takes up Roger Brown’s (2018) demand that universities and other higher education institutions embrace and enact a public role as enablers of democratic culture.


Conceptualising collectives Bombastic narcissism Mediation BBC Demystification New politics Academic deficit 

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  • Victor Merriman
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  1. 1.Edge Hill UniversityOrmskirk, LancashireUK

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