Beyond Deficit Culture: Conceptualising Collectives
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.