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Figuration Work

Student Participation, Democracy and University Reform in a Global Knowledge Economy

Gritt B. Nielsen

276 pages, 1 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-771-8 $100.00/£71.00 Hb Published (July 2015)

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 “[A] well-written piece of work [which] draws upon extensive interdisciplinary studies of higher education and recent theoretical approaches to capitalism and globalization . . . The analysis is careful, detailed, and always points beyond the event analyzed to the social implication and to the change in the theories of civism and citizenship.”  ·  Monica Heintz, University of Paris 10 – Nanterre

“I found myself engrossed by Nielsen’s discussion of a number of topics that are of crucial significance for universities today. And I found myself learning from her and using her stories and analyses to think about issues I’m struggling with here [in the U.S].”  ·  Richard Handler, University of Virginia

What role should students take in shaping their education, their university, and the wider society? These questions have assumed new importance in recent years as universities are reformed to become more competitive in the “global knowledge economy.” With Denmark as the prism, this book shows how negotiations over student participation — influenced by demands for efficiency, flexibility, and student-centered education — reflect broader concerns about democracy and citizen participation in increasingly neoliberalised states. Combining anthropological and historical research, Gritt B. Nielsen develops a novel approach to the study of policy processes and opens a timely discussion about the kinds of future citizens who will emerge from current reforms.

Gritt B. Nielsen is Associate Professor of Educational Anthropology at Aarhus University.

Series: Volume 27, EASA Series
Subject: Educational Studies General Anthropology
Area: Europe

LC: LA878.N54 2015

BISAC: EDU003000 EDUCATION/Aims & Objectives; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural

BIC: JNA Philosophy & theory of education; JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography


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Chapter 1. Studying Participation as/through Figuration Work
Chapter 2. University Reform in Denmark: Negotiating Participation and Democracy
Chapter 3. A History of Student Participation in Denmark


Chapter 4. Time and Freedom
Chapter 5. Ownership and Investment
Chapter 6. Bodies and Voices


Chapter 7. Entangled Figurations
Chapter 8. Participation as Multi-Scaled Citizenship


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