The Problem: Standardizations and Normativities
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In this chapter we describe the phenomenon that has provoked our investigations. We identify this problem as tendencies towards standardizations, normativities and alignments, and we use the neoliberal university as a case study. We argue that such standardizations and alignments are the antithesis of what might characterize a pro-diversity or expansive environment. We argue that we are witnessing an intensification of these tendencies in universities and that these limiting tendencies are amplifying. This section concludes with a reflection on the type of flow that charaterizes standardized environments. We describe and deploy what we name a critical/collective/auto/ethnographic method to explore this terrain.
KeywordsStandardizations Normativities Higher education Neoliberal university Critical/collective/auto/ethnographic Critical autoethnography
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