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    Neoliberalism’s Paradoxical Effect and European Doctoral Education Reforms in Post-socialist Europe

    Rasiński, Lotar and Dopita, Miroslav and Cervinkova, Hana (2021) Neoliberalism’s Paradoxical Effect and European Doctoral Education Reforms in Post-socialist Europe. Critical Education, 12 (9). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1920-4175

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    Building on examples from post-socialist Central Europe, this article addresses changes in European higher education policy and examines the ‘paradoxical effect’ (Foucault 2008) of neoliberal educational reforms on the doctoral level. We consider how economically driven policies oriented at building Europe’s knowledge economy and market effectiveness, created possibilities for subjectification related to the extension of individual freedom – an aspect of neoliberalism that Foucault juxtaposed to other forms of governmentality. Drawing on our positioning as doctoral supervisors in the Polish and Czech academia during the period of intensive institutional restructuring, we illustrate how European higher education reforms opened the doors of doctoral education to practitioners-doctoral researchers who found themselves in the unique position to critically illuminate covert socio-economic and political mechanisms of their practice. We consider the potential of critical doctoral pedagogy methodologically informed by Foucault’s concept of practical critique (1984), to create the conditions of possibility for the construction of subjectivity and emergence of new knowledges at the intersection of practical, academic and personal life trajectories under the conditions of neoliberal domination.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Neoliberalism; Paradoxical Effect; European Doctoral Education Reform; Post-socialist Europe;
    Academic Unit: Centre for European and Eurasian Studies
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 16174
    Depositing User: Hana Cervinkova
    Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2022 10:03
    Journal or Publication Title: Critical Education
    Publisher: The Institute for Critical Educational Studies
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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