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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.
Author(s): Phipps A, Young I
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
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
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