Policing the "penn State crisis": Violence, power, and the Neoliberal University

Michael D. Giardina, Norman K. Denzin

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Within this article, the authors critically introduce and interrogate the ongoing crisis/scandal at Penn State University within the intersecting vectors of institutional violence, the commodification of higher education, media coverage of the event and its aftermath, spaces of resistance, and the complicated legacy of Joe Paterno. Additionally, and on a broader scale, they argue that within the privileged spaces of academia, scholars have a responsibility to their communities to push for greater transparency and accountability within their institutions, join and support faculty unions, and resist the further neoliberalization of higher education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-266
Number of pages8
JournalCultural Studies - Critical Methodologies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • abuse
  • higher education
  • neoliberalism
  • sport
  • violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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