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C. Wright Mills on the Personality Market

White Collar: The American Middle Classes is a pioneering and major study of the American middle class by a prominent sociologist C. Wright Mills, published in 1951. In this book Mills analyzes various aspects of the forming of a new … Continue reading

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Name and shame: Warwick University to outsource academics to a subsidiary

While revolts against the neoliberalization and commercialization of higher education have been sweeping Dutch universities and London universities, the University of Warwick (whose motto is “Mind moves matter”) is giving in to the dangerous logic of “profit above all”. The university management will be changing the … Continue reading

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Theodor Adorno on philosophy‬, academia, and market

Theodor W. Adorno: “Out of piety, laziness, and calculation, ‪‎philosophy‬ continues to muddle through in an ever narrower academic framework, and even there, it is increasingly being replaced with organized tautology. Whoever entrusts themselves to credentialed profundity, fall victim just as … Continue reading

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“Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education”: how modes of material and symbolic violence undermine public pedagogy and commitment to democracy

This important and accessible book is about how policies and modes of material and symbolic violence radically reshape the mission and practice of higher education and its institutions, short-changing a young generation suffering from – and coping with – precarity. … Continue reading

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Political economy of Ebola in one picture and two articles on this important issue

— “Drug companies’ refusal to invest in research [of Ebola] and the conditions on the ground created by neoliberal policies that exacerbate and even encourage outbreaks goes unmentioned. […] Ebola is a problem that is not being solved because there is almost … Continue reading

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Art today is defined by its relationship to money as never before. Artists no longer simply make art, but package, sell, and brand it

Conventional boundaries within the art world have collapsed, and artists now think ever more strategically about how to advance their careers. In Art of the Deal: Contemporary Art in a Global Financial Market (free access to Introduction) Noah Horowitz thoroughly exposes … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky on the neoliberalization, marketization and managerialization of higher education

In “The Death of American Universities” Noam Chomsky analizes the neoliberalization, marketization and managerialization of higher education (in general, not only in the US). As universities move towards a corporate business model, precarity is being imposed by force. “The idea is … Continue reading

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Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine

Creating the Market University: How Academic Science Became an Economic Engine is an excellent award-winning book that systematically examine why academic science made such a dramatic move toward the market. Drawing on extensive historical research, Elizabeth Popp Berman shows how the government–influenced … Continue reading

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