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Politics, Pedagogy and Power

Bullying in Faculties of Education


Eelco B. Buitenhuis

Politics, Pedagogy and Power: Bullying in Faculties of Education is the result of research seeking to find explanations for bullying between faculty members in faculties of education around the world. The frank and devastating revelations of professors are shocking and painful, screaming for interrogation. Bullying in faculties of education is a strange phenomenon because anti-bullying programs abound while the behavior occurs at a significant number of faculties of education. The research finds that factors in leadership and neoliberal politics cause this odd phenomenon. Other causes were found in the problematic position of education in the academic world. The underdog position academics in education find themselves in works both ways: notions of being of less importance than any other science are mirrored in feelings people working in education have about themselves. In this research a bricolage is executed, the methodology that intelligently joins research methods driven by the growing understanding of the problem of bullying between professors in education. This makes Politics, Pedagogy and Power a useful guide in methodology classes. This book is a perfect textbook for leadership programs in higher education, because it deals with good and bad leadership and issues of power.
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Chapter 6 Neoliberal Politics Ruining Academia


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I think within a Marxist critique, we live in a highly consumerist, individualist, hyper, new liberal, capitalist society. All of those things mitigate against having effective decent normal human relations. They are not meant to bring people together. They are meant to divide people and to ensure there is competition; threats against men and women, white/black, different people in different power, etc. As long as education is structured that way, it’s not healthy.


Ever since the Reagan-Thatcher era, a conservative wind has blown in the U.S. and in Europe, Canada, and Australia. Conservatism tends not to care much about education and higher education (Giroux, 2011, 2012, 2014a). Faculties of education are therefore in double trouble, as they are the education institutes for educators. As we have seen over the past three or four decades, universities in both North America and Europe have become more dependent on private funding, even though in Europe, government funding is still the main source. Universities are also increasingly being treated as corporations, or forced to operate as such. That is troublesome. As Noam Chomsky said: “Thinking like corporations is harming American universities” (Chomsky, 2013). From an American perspective, it may not be as clear how bad it is, since people in that country have an “allergy” against anything that remotely resembles socialism or communism. For example, the recently ← 145 | 146 →introduced Affordable Care Act has been...

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