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Marxism and Education

The Alienated Academic

The Struggle for Autonomy Inside the University

Authors: Hall, Richard

  • Uses Marx's critical theoretical domain of alienation and applies to the identity of the academic
  • Reflects on the possibilities for reproducing autonomy and new forms of subjectivity against and beyond the neoliberal University
  • Links to wider debates of financialisation and marketisation of the higher education sector
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Richard Hall is Professor of Education and Technology at De Montfort University, UK, and a UK National Teaching Fellow.

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eBook 71,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Alienated Academic
Book Subtitle
The Struggle for Autonomy Inside the University
Authors
Series Title
Marxism and Education
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94304-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94304-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94303-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVIII, 273
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