Book Chapter

Higher education and public good

S Marginson

Thinking About Higher Education | Published : 2014


What is the basis of sociability, or 'public goods'? How do we maintain and reproduce the collective human environment that is essential to our existence? The neoliberal hegemony in policy, which models erstwhile public activities in terms of economic markets and business logics; and also the ubiquitous cultural emphases on autarkic individual self-realization and competitiveness; have created new questions about the sustainability of social relations. We are constantly aware of the conditions of society, on a daily basis; yet we know very little about public goods, or 'the public good', in terms that can be recognised by social science. Although it is evident that higher education does not ..

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