Neoliberalisation and 'lad cultures' in higher education

Phipps, Alison and Young, Isabel (2015) Neoliberalisation and 'lad cultures' in higher education. Sociology, 49 (2). pp. 305-322. ISSN 0038-0385

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Abstract

This paper links HE neoliberalisation and ‘lad cultures’, drawing on interviews and focus groups with women students. We argue that retro-sexist ‘laddish’ forms of masculine competitiveness and misogyny have been reshaped by neoliberal rationalities to become modes of consumerist sexualised audit. We also suggest that neoliberal frameworks scaffold an individualistic and adversarial culture among young people that interacts with perceived threats to men’s privilege and intensifies attempts to put women in their place through misogyny and sexual harassment. Furthermore, ‘lad cultures’, sexism and sexual harassment in higher education may be invisibilised by institutions to preserve marketability in a neoliberal context. In response, we ask if we might foster dialogue and partnership between feminist and anti-marketisation politics.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women
L Education
Depositing User: Alison Phipps
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2014 06:39
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 11:23
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/48937

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