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Letter writing and critical Self-Reflection: An insiders account of academic casualisation in the Australian Neoliberal University

Murphy, J.J., Down, B.ORCID: 0000-0003-4843-0563 and Price, A.E.ORCID: 0000-0002-5925-1133 (2022) Letter writing and critical Self-Reflection: An insiders account of academic casualisation in the Australian Neoliberal University. International Review of Qualitative Research, 15 (3). pp. 347-362.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1177/19408447221079410
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Abstract

Sharing the lived experience of academic casualisation is challenging, based on a power imbalance with many oppositional points, including cost savings versus fair wages, precarity versus security. As researcher/participant, Jennifer initially struggled with sharing experiences emotionally and academically without stripping humanity and affect from her writing. Drawing on the tradition of critical autoethnography, this article uses letter writing as a means of investigating personal-professional experience through critical self-reflection. These letters are written to a fictional colleague (Q) for the purpose of ‘wondering aloud’ about her experience of casualised labour and the difficulties of constructing a personal-professional identity within the context of the Australian neoliberal university.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Education
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Copyright: © 2022 by International Institute for Qualitative Inquiry
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/66407
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