The Alienated Academic: the Struggle for Autonomy Inside the University

Date

2018-10

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Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

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Book

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Higher education is increasingly unable to engage usefully with global emergencies, as its functions are repurposed for value. Discourses of entrepreneurship, impact and excellence, realised through competition and the market, mean that academics and students are increasingly alienated from themselves and their work. This book applies Marx’s concept of alienation to the realities of academic life in the Global North, in order to explore how the idea of public education is subsumed under the law of value. In a landscape of increased commodification of higher education, the book explores the relationship between alienation and crisis, before analysing how academic knowledge, work, identity and life are themselves alienated. Finally, it argues that through indignant struggle, another world is possible, grounded in alternative forms of organising life and producing socially-useful knowledge, ultimately requiring the abolition of academic labour. This pioneering work will be of interest and value to all those working in the higher education sector, as well as those concerned with the rise of neoliberalism and marketization within universities.

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Keywords

higher education, academic labour, Critical university studies, alienation, University, Marxism

Citation

Hall, R. (2018) The Alienated Academic: the Struggle for Autonomy Inside the University. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice
Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)