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SENA, Isael de Jesus. The controversial democratization of access to private higher education: what teachers say on the spot. Estilos clin. [online]. 2020, vol.25, n.3, pp. 423-438. ISSN 1415-7128.

The struggle to reduce social inequality through the so-called democratic access to higher education, above all private, is controversial. Private higher education institutions of mercantile character, belonging today to the large educational conglomerates, have transformed university education into a large profitable business, whose operating system includes teachers and students, demanding between them a perverse complicity. From interviews with university professors in this context, they reveal their dramas and impasses underwent to the corporate ethos applied to teaching, in which the professor is required to deny his experience and his enunciative authority. Thus, in the name of the survival of the educational market, the teacher alienates his subjectivity, as well as becoming an instrument at the service of the profitability of privatization. The research points to the need to review public policies for access to university and the forms of precarious employment contracts for teachers.

Keywords : democratization; commodification of education; private university; teachers; perverse formative bond.

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