The neurotic academic: how anxiety fuels casualised academic work

Loveday, Vik. 2018. The neurotic academic: how anxiety fuels casualised academic work. [Digital]

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Anxiety is being used as a tactic of governance to fuel productiveness and obedience among academics, argues Vik Loveday

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This blog post is based on the author’s article, “The neurotic academic: anxiety, casualisation, and governance in the neoliberalising university”, published in the Journal of Cultural Economy (DOI: 10.1080/17530350.2018.1426032). The research was supported by the British Academy [SG142753]

Vik Loveday is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, at Goldsmiths, University of London. She researches subjective experiences of work in the UK’s HE sector and aside from her recent work on the relationship between casualisation and perceptions of luck, she has also published on social mobility and working-class participation in higher education, and shame and nostalgia amongst working-class students. She is currently exploring how senior managers in universities are making sense of their own roles within the rapidly changing sector.


Higher Education, Anxiety, productiveness, obedience

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20 May 2018

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17 Jul 2018 08:11

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17 Jul 2018 08:18


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