The object-orientated political subjectivities of McUniversity

Miller, Jacob and Golden, Casey (2016) The object-orientated political subjectivities of McUniversity. Area, 48 (1). pp. 70-76. ISSN 0004-0894

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12236

Abstract

Higher education has changed drastically in recent decades, leading to the emergence of what some have called ‘McUniversity’. This article adds a new perspective by exploring how the everyday lived experience of this kind of space constitutes a dense political field. We draw on our own experience of an emblematic architectural site on our own university campus – the Student Union building – to advance an analysis of the everyday built environment that includes both objects of design and the political subjectivities that emerge along with them. What unites this relationship is an affective experience through which political life emerges. This approach also allows us to expand the purview of what is political about the everyday spaces of McUniversity to include gender, sex and nationalism, rather than relying only on critical theories of capitalism to critique what has become of many college campuses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Student Union architecture, affective atmosphere, landscape, consumption, gender, popular geopolitics
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2018 14:50
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2018 14:50
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36568

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