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Turning collegial governance on its head : symbolic violence, hegemony and the academic board

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posted on 2015-01-01, 00:00 authored by Julie Rowlands
This article draws on Bourdieu’s theorisation of domination and Gramsci's notions of hegemony within the context of a larger empirical study of Australian university academic governance, and of academic boards (also known as academic senates or faculty senates) in particular. Reporting data that suggest a continued but radically altered form of collegial governance in which hegemony is exercised by management rather than by the professor, it theorises the domination of academic boards within western democratic universities. However, traditional collegial governance is also dependent upon a community of scholars, a role historically played by the academic board. In view of the suggested transition in collegial governance and the resultant convergence of academic work and management, the article concludes with questions about whether academic boards can continue to serve as communities of scholars in future.

History

Journal

British journal of sociology of education

Volume

36

Issue

7

Pagination

1017 - 1035

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Oxford, Eng.

ISSN

0142-5692

eISSN

1465-3346

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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2014, Taylor & Francis