Writing about academic labour

Winn, Joss (2015) Writing about academic labour. Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, 25 . pp. 1-15. ISSN 1715-0094

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This essay calls for a return to the labour theory of Marx, or rather to Marx’s negative critique of labour and its “pivotal” role in comprehending the political economy of higher education. It argues that a critique of capitalism and its apparent complexity must be undertaken through an immanent critique of labour, rather than from the standpoint of labour as has been the case in both Marxist and non-Marxist traditions of labour studies. Through a review of exemplar articles on ‘academic labour’, the essay draws attention to the fundamental importance of employing Marx’s method of abstraction so as to understand the concrete social world of capital. Finally, it proposes that the future of academic labour is to be found in its negation and overcoming rather than in efforts to resist the ‘logic’ of valorisation.

Keywords:academic labour, higher education, Marx, labour, abstraction, JCOpen
Subjects:L Social studies > L370 Social Theory
X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
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ID Code:14592
Deposited On:21 Oct 2014 09:05

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