How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation

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This is the seamy underbelly of higher education-a world where faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates all work long hours for fast-food wages. Tenure-track positions are at an all-time low, with adjunct faculty and graduate students teaching the majority of courses.

Burdened by debt, millions of undergraduates work multiple part-time jobs-but quit before they earn a degree. Meanwhile college presidents, basketball coaches, and corporate interests rake in millions, even at schools where fewer than half of students earn a degree in six years.

Marc Bousquet, a major figure in the academic labor movement, assesses the costs of the corporate university at every level. How the University Works is urgent reading for anyone interested in the fate of higher education.

About the Author:
Marc Bousquet is Associate Professor of English at Santa Clara University

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“Bousquet takes an uncompromising look at the way colleges employ those who teach—and how many professors have done nothing as tenured positions have been replaced with adjunct slots.”-Inside Higher Ed
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814799741
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Cultural Front Series
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marc Bousquet is Associate Professor of English at Santa Clara University and the founding editor of Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor. His previous books include Tenured Bosses and Disposable Teachers and The Politics of Information: The Electronic Mediation of Social Change.

Cary Nelson is Jublilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the national president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). Among his twenty-five books are Manifesto of a Tenured Radical (also published by NYU) and the landmark coedited collection Cultural Studies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Foreword: Resistance Is Not Futile   Cary Nelson     xiii
Introduction: Your Problem Is My Problem     1
The Informal Economy of the "Information University"     55
The Faculty Organize, But Management Enjoys Solidarity     90
Students Are Already Workers     125
Composition as Management Science     157
The Rhetoric of "Job Market" and the Reality of the Academic Labor System     186
Yeshiva University 444 US 672, "Justice Brennan, Dissenting"     211
Brown University 1-RC-21368, "Liebman and Walsh, Dissenting"     224
Notes     243
Works Cited     255
Index     275
About the Authors     281
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