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Neoliberalisation and 'Lad Cultures' in Higher Education

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© The Author(s) 2014. This article 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 amongst 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 rendered invisible 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.

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Author(s): Phipps A, Young I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociology

Year: 2015

Volume: 49

Issue: 2

Pages: 305-322

Print publication date: 01/04/2015

Online publication date: 19/08/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

ISSN (print): 0038-0385

ISSN (electronic): 1469-8684

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/0038038514542120


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