The Evisceration of Equal Employment Opportunity in Higher Education
Australian Universities Review, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 59-70, 2008
13 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2008 Last revised: 13 Jan 2009
Date Written: December 10, 2008
This paper considers the way in which neoliberalism has impacted on equal employment opportunity (EEO) within the academy. Instead of a focus on the common good, there has been a shift to promotion of the self within the market. Higher education has not been immune from the contemporary imperative to commodify and privatise. Corporatisation has resulted in top-down managerialism, perennial auditing and the production of academics as neoliberal subjects. Within this context, identity politics have either moved to the periphery or disappeared altogether.
Against the background of the ramifications of the socio-political shift and the transformation of the university, the paper considers the rise and fall of EEO and the emergence of new discourses, such as that of diversity, which better suit the market metanarrative. The market has also induced a shift away from staff to students, inviting the question is to whether EEO is now passé.
Keywords: Equal opportunity, employment, higher education
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