The Social, Professional and Disciplinary Trajectories of Scholars Inside of Official Discourses: The Case of de University of Guadalajara, Mexico
The presence of the official discourses within the contemporary institutions of higher education, demonstrates to us that the individuals who integrate them, generally, know little about the life conditions of the professors and researchers at the universities. Official discourses turn the institutions in to anonymous human beings, without their own history and with a solid and stable (nor changeable) collective or general memory, which is regulated by the formal, official and institutionalized narrative. This regulation is made through ceremonies and rituals where the memory is manipulated and oriented to the interests of few powerful ones. This investigation is focused in the study of an institutional and official regulator of the life of the scholars of the institutions of higher education: the quality of education. This way, we identified configurations of the reality that these individuals make in response of the encounter between their social, disciplinary ad professional trajectories and the official mandates of the quality of education within the institutions where they develop their work. The investigation is located at the University of Guadalajara, in Jalisco, Mexico. In the research, It was used the methodology of the thematic story of life and the analysis of discourse. The results highlight the necessity to build a social discourse different from this common one that shows a deeper influence of the managerial and organizational theories. This new approach will make a difference in the way we increase the quality of education with a social meaning and a sense of humanity.
Keywords: Social and Professional Trajectories, Quality of Education, Higher Education, Memory, Social Control
Prof. César Correa Arias
Proffesor, Department of Studies of Human Resources, University of Guadalajara