Cultivating disruptive subjectivities: Interrupting the new professionalism


  • Kathryn Herr Montclair State University



new professionalism, self-ethnography, New Public Management, practitioner research, resistance


This paper explores the everyday enactments of new public management in our professional lives utilizing principles of self-ethnography. Drawing on the reworking of an Action Research class, I explore the possibilities of a contextual analysis of the workplace to make more transparent the enactment of new public management. Little is known regarding how NPM plays out on the ground in local sites and how, in interacting with the culture it creates, professionals locate themselves and their work. I offer a close examination here of our changing context to explore the techniques and forms of power of NPM in the realms of higher education as well as how we might enact a politics of refusal.


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Author Biography

Kathryn Herr, Montclair State University

Kathryn Herr is a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.  She currently primarily teaches qualitative and action research. Recent publications include The Action Research Dissertation: A Guide for Students and Faculty, (2015, Sage) with co-author, Gary Anderson. 




How to Cite

Herr, K. (2015). Cultivating disruptive subjectivities: Interrupting the new professionalism. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 23, 86.



New Public Management and the New Professional