The Problem: Standardizations and Normativities

  • Michael CrowhurstEmail author
  • Michael Emslie
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Arts-Based Educational Research book series (BABER)


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.


Standardizations Normativities Higher education Neoliberal university Critical/collective/auto/ethnographic Critical autoethnography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationRMIT UniversityBundooraAustralia
  2. 2.Youth WorkRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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