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Giving an account of oneself: The PBRF and the neoliberal university

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The New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) has come into being in the last decade in the wider context of the neoliberalising and corporatising of the academy. It is far more than its outward form: that is, an innocent accounting of the research‐related activities of academics for the purposes of determining institutional funding levels. But neither is it only a process that seeks (to use Judith Butler's terms) to constrain, subordinate and discipline individual academics. Drawing on her book, Giving an Account of Oneself (2005), we suggest that the PBRF can also be used to enable and sustain through creating spaces to critique neoliberalising managerialism.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand

Publication date: 2012-04-01

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