The essay addresses recent government proposals for higher education in England. It argues that they represent a neoliberal attack on the idea of public higher education. Where public higher education had previously been widely accepted as a social right and a condition of liberal citizenship, higher education is now to be understood as a private responsibility, an investment in human capital necessary to secure positional advantage in a deeply unequal society.
Research Article|April 01 2012
The Attack on Education as a Social Right
South Atlantic Quarterly (2012) 111 (2): 392-401.