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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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SEKI, Allan Kenji  and  SIMAO, Caio Ragazzi Pauli. Why "no" to a JE: what cannot be reconciled between public universities and junior enterprises?. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.4, pp. 475-480. ISSN 1984-6657.

This text, a theoretical study, aims to problematize the relationship between junior enterprises and public universities, by tracing the historical accumulation of discussions on the subject in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Philosophy and Human Sciences of the Federal University of Santa Catarina, between the years 2011 and 2013. We discuss how appropriate junior enterprises are to public universities, as a form of student organization, pedagogical tool, and agent of university extension programs. We question two central aspects of junior enterprises: the discourse of entrepreneurship and the process of entrepreneurism of educational institutions in Brazil. From a critical perspective, theoretically situated in the fields of Marxist and socio-historical knowledge, we discuss the social role of public universities in Brazil. We conclude that both the entrepreneurial ideology and its expression in the form of the entrepreneurism of educational institutions are incompatible with a university that intends to produce critical knowledge and effectively educate individuals that are capable of thinking and acting critically upon the contradictions of capitalism and their reflections on the conditions of labor and employment in our society. On the contrary, we ascertain that junior enterprises play a critical role in spreading a vision of a university that is subjugated to the dictates and demands of the market, and that produces subjects who merely adequate themselves to this reality.

Keywords : university; junior enterprises; capitalism; entrepreneurship; entrepreneurism of education.

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