Painting a future for academic scholarship – resistance, dissent and boycott

Walters, Reece (2004) Painting a future for academic scholarship – resistance, dissent and boycott. Socio-Legal Newsletter, 43, pp. 4-6.

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Recent articles in the SLN by Richard Collier, Lois Bibbings, Steve Tombs, Paddy Hillyard and Dave Whyte have all presented informative, accurate and provocative accounts of the perils and politics of contemporary academic scholarship. I agree with their arguments and with their analyses of the present state of higher education research in the UK and do not wish to rehearse them here. There is an increasing recognition that the commercialisation of the tertiary sector within neo-liberal political and economic discourses continues to colonise research agendas with critical voices demarcated to an increasingly marginalised periphery. Indeed, this growing emphasis on market principles and economic reform has received substantial criticism at an international level. Frederic Mayor, former Director-General of UNESCO, has publicly condemned the neo- liberal economic influence sweeping universities around the world by stating, ‘if we create market universities run purely on market principles, they may be of their age, but they will not be able to transcend it’ (Mayor, 1997). My intention here, is briefly to extend upon the comments already raised and to invoke a position of resistance to the colonisation and indeed tyranny of administrative, market-led and uncritical research within academic institutions...

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ID Code: 98385
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: criminology
ISSN: 0957-7817
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Socio-Legal Studies Association
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2016 02:14
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2016 02:14

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