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Higher Education and Intellectual Retrogression
The Neoliberal Reign

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February 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
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This book critically analyses the historical evolution of ideas, perceptions, and principles on higher education and unravels a few of its interlinked aspects — quality, massification, privatization, and commercialization. It presents an original and penetrative critique of neo-liberal ideas and policies reigning higher education since the World War II across the globe. The volume argues that with the proliferation of 'academic capitalism' the quality of higher education has been inevitably compromised. It presents a meticulous evaluation of global researches reflecting on trends of decline in academic learning — in its effort, quality, standards, and overall intellectual level and rigour. Finally, it illuminates as to why it is potentially dangerous to contune clinging ideationally to neo-liberal reign in education and thereby evading some of the lasting and universal wisdoms and precepts of the educational reign preceding neo-liberal market-oriented predominancy.  

The book will be of interest to students, teachers and researchers of education, higher education, sociology of education, economics and politics of education. It will also be useful for academicians, higher education administration, policymakers, schoolteachers, and those interested in debates and issues around higher education.

Table of Contents

PART I 1. Evolution of Notions, Aims, Functions of Higher Education 2. Build-Up of Ideational Foundation of Neo-Liberal Reign in HE 3. Towards Mass HE and ‘Academic Capitalism’ 4. Affirmative Action in HE: Costly Boost to Massification? PART II 5. Declining Academic Standard of HE and Making of an Intellectual Retrogression 6. Neoliberal HE in the Developing World: Indian Illustration 7. Conclusion: Blunders in Progress. Bibliography.

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Arup Maharatna is currently Rajiv Gandhi Chair Professor in Contemporary Studies at the Central University of Allahabad, India. Earlier, chronologically, he has been a Professor of Economics at University of Burdwan, a Professor of Population Studies at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, and a Professor in Social Sciences at BITS-Pilani Hyderabad Campus. Maharatna completed a master’s and Ph.D. in Population Studies at London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He also held a post under Bell Post-Doctoral Fellowship programme at Harvard University, USA. He has authored four books.