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About John Holmwood

John Holmwood is Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham. He acted as an expert witness for the defence in the NCTL case brought against senior teachers at Park View Educational Trust. Together with Therese O’Toole, he is author of an exposé of the Birmingham Trojan Horse affair, published by Policy Press, Countering Extremism in British Schools? The Truth about the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair. An earlier article, Schooling ‘British values’: threatening civil liberties and equal opportunities, was published by openDemocracyUK in July 2015.

Articles by John Holmwood

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

The Birmingham Trojan Horse affair: a very British injustice

Accusations levelled against the Park View Academy and its Trust for attempting to “Islamicise schools” fell apart for good reason, yet they continue to do damage.

Schooling ‘British values’: threatening civil liberties and equal opportunities

Attempts to secure ‘integration’ based on ‘British Values’ are not just infringing on civil liberties, but are also likely to damage student self-confidence and academic performance.

Capitalist dispossession and new justifications of slavery

Discussions of migration are becoming increasingly dystopian. Based upon either exclusion or exploitation, new neoliberal arguments for open borders are not about freedom, but institutionalised domination.

Social Science Inc

The neoliberal approach to higher education is turning social science academics into brand managers and commercial researchers.

Patrimonial capitalism and the end of the liberal university

Universities no longer function to ameliorate social status and inequality, but are part of a renewed patrimonial capitalism; the private benefits of higher education to its graduate beneficiaries are today used to justify the removal of public funding and the charging of exorbitant fees.

The neo-liberal knowledge regime, inequality and social critique

The argument about students holds that there should not be a direct public subsidy of a private beneficiary. But on the impact agenda the situation is reversed. Here the Government’s view is that there should not be public funding unless there is a private beneficiary and that that beneficiary should not pay.

The history of higher education reform, and the Coalition's betrayal

The government's higher education proposals would see a fundamental reversal of the direction of reform embarked upon in the post-war period
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