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Palgrave Macmillan

The Entrepreneurial University

Engaging Publics, Intersecting Impacts

ISBN 9781137275868
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The entrepreneurial university - and indeed the entrepreneurial researcher - has been tasked with making an impact. This international collection raises questions about who becomes the proper academic subject, fitting-in and getting ahead, and what falls off the agenda. In a time when the measure of educational impact risks being curtailed, shaped and measured through specific and pre-determined economies of value and use, this collections dwells on different (non)academic landscapes and the bodies, values and subjects that inhabit and disrupt them. It presents professional-personal reflections on research experience as well as interpretative accounts of navigating fieldwork and broader publics, politics and practices of (dis)engagement primarily through a feminist, queer and gender studies lens. Such concerns are practically related to the (in)accessibility of research practices, audiences, users and communities in and even beyond varied International fieldwork sites. It offers an interdisciplinary consideration of 'public sociology', the ethics of engagement, counter-publics and episodic politics, and issues of ownership and responsibility, agency and constraint.

Yvette Taylor is Professor in Social and Policy Studies and Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University, UK. Her books include Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities (2012); Lesbian and Gay Parenting: Securing Social and Educational Capitals (2009) and Working-Class Lesbian Life: Classed Outsiders (2007).

Introduction: The Entrepreneurial University: Engaging Publics, Intersecting Impacts; Yvette Taylor
1. Academia without Walls? Multiple Belongings and the Implications of Feminist and Queer Political Engagement; Ana Cristina Santos
2. Dancing on the Intersections of (Un)Acceptability: Reflections/flextions on Disengagement in Higher Education; Rachela Colosi
3. Participation Beyond Boundaries: Working as, with and for Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Communities; Kath Browne and Leela Bakshi
4. Rules of Engagement beyond the Gates: Negotiating and Capitalising on Student 'Experience'; Victoria G Mountford
5. Queer Business: Towards Queering the Business School; Nick Rumens
6. Engaging with 'Impact' Agendas? Reflections on Storytelling as Knowledge Exchange; Francesca Stella
7. The Practice of Transnational Affective Encounter in Contemporary Visual Arts; Laura Lovin
8. Creativity, Community and Participation: Researching Spaces of Connectivity with 'Creative Publics'; Yvonne Robinson
9. Creative Agents and the Visual: Affects and Embodiment in the Research Process; Ava Kanyeredzi, Paula Reavey and Steven D. Brown
10. Provocations, Politics and the (Im)Possibility of Counter-Public(s); Deirdre Conlon, Nicholas Gill, Imogen Tyler, and Ceri Oeppen
11. Dialogue or Duel?: A Critical Reflection on the (Gendered) Politics of Engaging and Impacting; Jocey Quinn, Kim Allen, Sumi Hollingworth, Uvanney Maylor, Jayne Osgood and Anthea Rose
12. Mixing Race: A Public Affair?; Chamion Caballero
13. Placing Research: 'City Publics' and the 'Public Sociologist'; Yvette Taylor and Michelle Addison
14. Safe Feminist Spaces: Reflections about the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers-New Brunswick; Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel and Sarah Tobias

Ana Cristina Santos, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Rachela Colosi University of Lincoln, UK

Kath Browne, University of Brighton, UK

Leela Bakshi, Research Activist, UK

Victoria G. Mountford, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, UK

Nick Rumens, Middlesex University, UK

Francesca Stella, University of Glasgow, UK

Laura Lovin, Rutgers University, USA

Yvonne Robinson, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, UK

Ava Kanyeredzi, London Metropolitan University, UK

Paula Reavey, London South Bank University, UK

Steven D. Brown, University of Leicester, UK

Deirdre Conlon, Saint Peter's University, USA

Nicholas Gill, Exeter University, UK

Imogen Tyler, Lancaster University, UK

Ceri Oeppen, Sussex University, UK

Jocey Quinn, University of Plymouth, UK

Kim Allen, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Sumi Hollingworth, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, UK

Uvanney Maylor, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Jayne Osgood, London Metropolitan University, UK

Anthea Rose, Bishop Grosseteste University, UK

Chamion Caballero, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, UK

Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Rutgers-New Brunswick University, USA

Sarah Tobias, Rutgers-New Brunswick University, USA

Michelle Addison, Newcastle University, UK


"Government policies seek to enhance the impact of research. Whose use is valued? Whose knowledge counts and is counted? The essays in this important collection address the new forms of inclusion and exclusion that are emerging. They pose fundamental questions for public social science that all of us need to consider." - John Holmwood, President, British Sociological Association, UK
"As the membrane separating the university from the wider society thins, as commodification and rationalization becomes the order of the day, so there is a struggle for the future of the university. This forward-thinking book breaks down conventional academic barriers between and within disciplines, as well as between the university and its environment, to develop critical and engaged approaches to the production and circulation of knowledge. In so doing the essays embark on the long and arduous process of reinventing the university – a university accessible and accountable to a broad range of publics." - Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology, University of California at Berkeley, USA
"This collection makes clear the challenges and opportunities that the neo-liberal university brings with it and invites the reader to take up a more critical stance towards the processes and policies that come with it and poses a whole range of questions of what public engagement currently is and what it might be." - Jon Rainford, Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research blog
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