Chalk Lines: The Politics of Work in the Managed University

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Randy Martin
Duke University Press, 1998 - Education - 313 pages
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The increasing corporatization of education has served to expose the university as a business—and one with a highly stratified division of labor. In Chalk Lines editor Randy Martin presents twelve essays that confront current challenges facing the academic workforce in U.S. colleges and universities and demonstrate how, like chalk lines, divisions between employees may be creatively redrawn.
While tracing the socioeconomic conditions that have led to the present labor situation on campuses, the contributors consider such topics as the political implications of managerialism and the conceptual status of academic labor.
They examine the trend toward restructuring and downsizing, the particular plight of the adjunct professor, the growing emphasis on vocational training in the classroom, and union organizing among university faculty, staff, and graduate students. Placing such issues within the context of the history of labor movements as well as governmental initiatives to train a workforce capable of competing in the global economy, Chalk Lines explores how universities have attempted to remake themselves in the image of the corporate sector. Originally published as an issue of Social Text, this expanded volume, which includes four new essays, offers a broad view of academic labor in the United States.
With its important, timely contribution to debates concerning the future of higher education, Chalk Lines will interest a wide array of academics, administrators, policymakers, and others invested in the state—and fate—of academia.


Contributors.
Stanley Aronowitz, Jan Currie, Zelda F. Gamson, Emily Hacker, Stefano Harney, Randy Martin, Bart Meyers, David Montgomery, Frederick Moten, Christopher Newfield, Gary Rhoades, Sheila Slaughter, Jeremy Smith, Vincent Tirelli, William Vaughn, Lesley Vidovich, Ira Yankwitt


 

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Contents

Academic Capitalism Managed Professionals and SupplySide Higher
33
Recapturing Academic Business Christopher Newjield
69
The Ascent toward Corporate Managerialism in American
112
Education for Public Life David Montgomery
147
Doing Academic Work Stefano Harney and Frederick Moten
154
Transformation of Higher Education Vincent Tirelli
181
The Crisis Facing Adult Literacy
225
Faculty Students and Political Engagement Jeremy Smith
249
William Vaughn
264
Contributors
311
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Randy Martin is Chair and Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Science and Management at Pratt Institute. He is the author of three books, including Critical Moves: Dance Studies in Theory and Politics, also published by Duke University Press.

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