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On Quitting

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/08/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization
Issue number3
Volume17
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)235-249
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Over the past few years, there has been an ostensible growth in ‘quit lit’, a new genre of literature made of columns and opinion editorials detailing the reasons why scholars – with or without tenure – leave academia. This paper examines the impact of the neoliberal academia on subjectivity. In the neoliberal university, subjectivity is caught into a web of conflicting expectations. On the one hand, it is expected to live up to high standards of competition. On the other hand, the body experiences competition as a celebrated form of self-abuse. In this context, quitting is not merely about resigning an academic position. It is a symptom of the urge to create a space between the neoliberal discourse and the sense of self; an act of rebellion intended to abdicate the competitive rationality of neoliberal academia and embrace different values and principles.