Against academic identity

Neary, Mike and Winn, Joss (2016) Against academic identity. Higher Education Research and Development, 35 (2). pp. 409-412. ISSN 0729-4360

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Abstract

‘Academic identity’ is a key issue for debates about the professionalisation of university teaching and research, as well as the meaning and purpose of higher education. However, the concept of ‘academic identity’ is not adequate to the critical task for which it is utilised as it fails to deal with the real nature of work in capitalist society. It is important to move on from the mystifying and reified politics of identity and seek to understand academic life so that its alienated forms can be transformed. This can be done by grasping the essential aspects of capitalist work in both its abstract and concrete forms, as well as the historical and social processes out of which academic labour has emerged.

Keywords:academic labour, identity, worker control, negative critique
Subjects:L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
L Social studies > L380 Political Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:18242
Deposited On:04 Aug 2015 15:15

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