Neoliberal Martyrdom at Boise State

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date



College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Sociology

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Arthur Scarritt


Students at Boise State University use neoliberal ethics to defend the causes of their suffering. The students tend to embrace a martyrdom of neoliberal ethics, rather then to attack the sources of their suffering, which largely caused by neoliberal influence on higher education. The ethnographic data we have collected tends to show students as subjects of a ubiquity of a neoliberal ideology which leaves them no thought process to frame the challenges they endure, without normalizing its various sources. I will argue that this is a manifestation of neoliberal ideology, which leads students to undermine their own wellbeing. It likewise operates to undermine the wellbeing of higher education, society, and even neoliberalism itself.

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