This chapter provides an autoethnographic account of an academic career defined by the personal and social consequences of a significant failure and its accompanying sense of shame and imposterism. By examining the interactional and situational dynamics of a higher education institution within the UK, the chapter demonstrates how the social context is crucial for understanding the affective dimensions of imposterism. The chapter suggests that the disciplinary dynamics at the heart of a market driven audit culture have worked to degrade academic labour, ensuring that all academics are vulnerable to the dynamics of imposterism. The chapter argues that the roots of the imposter phenomenon may be found in the wider social order; in its political economy and its associated socio-cultural practices of consecration and denigration.
|Title of host publication||The Palgrave handbook of imposter syndrome in higher education|
|Editors||Michelle Addison, Maddie Breeze, Yvette Taylor|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Apr 2022|
- Imposter phenomenon
- Higher education