Global University Rankings and the Politics of Knowledge

Edited by Michelle Stack

© 2021

For many institutions, to ignore your university’s ranking is to become invisible, a risky proposition in a competitive search for funding. But rankings tell us little if anything about the education, scholarship or engagement with communities offered by a university. Drawing on a range of research and inquiry-based methods, Global University Rankings and the Politics of Knowledge exposes how universities became servants to the education industry and its impact.

Conceptually unique in its scope, Global University Rankings and the Politics of Knowledge addresses the lack of empirical research behind university and journal ranking systems. Chapters from internationally recognized scholars in decolonial studies provide readers with robust frameworks to understand the intersections of coloniality and Indigeneity and how they play out in higher education. Including contributions from diverse geographical and disciplinary contexts, this book explores the political economy of rankings within the contexts of the Global North and South, as well as examines alternatives to media-driven rankings. This book allows readers to consider the intersections of power and knowledge within the wider contexts of politics, culture, and the economy, to explore how assumptions about gender, social class, sexuality, and race, underpin the meanings attached to rankings, and to imagine a future that confronts and challenges cognitive, environmental, and social injustice.

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Analysing rankings in diverse higher education settings, this book draws on discourse analysis, theory, ethnography, and case studies, to consider the question of how knowledge is produced and shared.

Global University Rankings and the Politics of Knowledge

Edited by Michelle Stack

© 2021

For many institutions, to ignore your university’s ranking is to become invisible, a risky proposition in a competitive search for funding. But rankings tell us little if anything about the education, scholarship or engagement with communities offered by a university. Drawing on a range of research and inquiry-based methods, Global University Rankings and the Politics of Knowledge exposes how universities became servants to the education industry and its impact.

Conceptually unique in its scope, Global University Rankings and the Politics of Knowledge addresses the lack of empirical research behind university and journal ranking systems. Chapters from internationally recognized scholars in decolonial studies provide readers with robust frameworks to understand the intersections of coloniality and Indigeneity and how they play out in higher education. Including contributions from diverse geographical and disciplinary contexts, this book explores the political economy of rankings within the contexts of the Global North and South, as well as examines alternatives to media-driven rankings. This book allows readers to consider the intersections of power and knowledge within the wider contexts of politics, culture, and the economy, to explore how assumptions about gender, social class, sexuality, and race, underpin the meanings attached to rankings, and to imagine a future that confronts and challenges cognitive, environmental, and social injustice.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Illustrations: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Michelle Stack is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    Abbreviations

    Introduction
    Michelle Stack

    Theme 1: Geopolitics, Rankings, and Journal Impact Factor
    1. International University Rankings as Cultural Imperialism: Implications for the Global South
    Marion Lloyd and Imanol Ordorika
    2. Unfolding National Approaches to University Rankings in Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America
    Creso M. Sá, Nadiia Kachynska, Emma Sabzalieva, and Magdalena Martinez
    3. Global University Rankings’ Visual Media, Cartography, and Geopolitics of Knowledge
    Riyad A. Shahjahan, Annabelle Estera, and Vivek Vellanki

    Theme 2: Cost of Knowledge, Rankings, and Journal Impact Factor
    4. Academic Culture in Transition: Measuring Up for What in Taiwan?
    Chuing Prudence Chou
    5. What Counts in Research? Dysfunction in Knowledge Creation and Moving Beyond
    Heather Morrison
    6. Marginalizing the Marginalized: How Rankings Fail the Global South
    Ralf St. Clair

    Theme 3: Influence of Rankings on Institutional and Individual Well-Being
    7. Between Local Distinction and Global Reputation: University Rankings and Changing Employment in Japan
    Mayumi Ishikawa
    8. Rankings as Surveillance Assemblage
    Gary R.S. Barron
    9. Motivation and Well-Being of Faculty and Graduate Students: Empirical Relations with University Rankings
    Nathan C. Hall
    10. Beyond Rankings and Impact Factors
    Michelle Stack and André Elias Mazawi

    Contributors
    Index