Steal This University: The Rise of the Corporate University and the Academic Labor Movement / Edition 1

Steal This University: The Rise of the Corporate University and the Academic Labor Movement / Edition 1

by Benjamin Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415934834

ISBN-13: 9780415934831

Pub. Date: 01/31/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Steal This University explores the paradox of academic labor. Universities do not exist to generate a profit from capital investment, yet contemporary universities are increasingly using corporations as their model for internal organization. While the media, politicians, business leaders and the general public all seem to share a remarkable consensus that

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Steal This University explores the paradox of academic labor. Universities do not exist to generate a profit from capital investment, yet contemporary universities are increasingly using corporations as their model for internal organization. While the media, politicians, business leaders and the general public all seem to share a remarkable consensus that higher education is indispensable to the future of nations and individuals alike, within academia bitter conflicts brew over the shape of tomorrow's universities. Contributors to the volume range from the star academic to the disgruntled adjunct and each bring a unique perspective to the discussion on the academy's over-reliance on adjuncts and teaching assistants, the debate over tenure and to the valiant efforts to organize unions and win rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415934831
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/31/2003
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Not Your Parents' University or Labor Movement Any Longer1
Sect. 1The Rise of the Corporate University11
Ch. 1None of Your Business: The Rise of the University of Phoenix and For-Profit Education - and Why It Will Fail Us All15
Ch. 2Digital Diploma Mills33
Ch. 3Inefficient Efficiency: A Critique of Merit Pay49
Ch. 4The Drain-O of Higher Education: Casual Labor and University Teaching61
Sect. 2Laboring Within81
Ch. 5How I Became a Worker87
Ch. 6The Art of Work in the Age of the Adjunct97
Ch. 7Blacklisted and Blue: On Theory and Practice at Yale107
Ch. 8Tenure Denied: Union Busting and Anti-Intellectualism in the Corporate University123
Sect. 3Organizing139
Ch. 9The Campaign for Union Rights at NYU145
Ch. 10Democracy Is an Endless Organizing Drive: Learning from the Failure and Future of Graduate Student Organizing at the University of Minnesota171
Ch. 11Moving River Barges: Labor Activism and Academic Organizations189
Ch. 12Social Movement Unionism and Adjunct Faculty Organizing in Boston207
Ch. 13Renewing Academic Unions and Democracy at the Same Time: The Case of the California Faculty Association221
Conclusion: The Future of Higher Education and Academic Labor231
Notes241
Notes on Contributors and Editors251
Index257

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