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ERIC Number: EJ1141104
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1560
Varieties of Academic Capitalism and Entrepreneurial Universities: On Past Research and Three Thought Experiments
Jessop, Bob
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v73 n6 p853-870 Jun 2017
This article begins with a brief review of research on the development of ideas about the knowledge-based economy (analysed here as "economic imaginaries") and their influence on how social forces within and beyond the academy have attempted to reorganize higher education and research in response to real and perceived challenges and crises in the capitalist order since the mid-1970s. This provides the historical context for three "thought experiments" about other aspects of the development of academic capitalism. The first involves a reductio ad absurdum argument about different potential steps in the economization, marketization and financialization of education and research and is illustrated from recent changes in higher education. The second maps actual strategies of the entrepreneurial university and their role in shaping academic capitalism. The third speculates on possible forms of "political" academic capitalism and their changing places in the interstices of the other trends posited in these thought experiments. The article ends with suggestions for a research agendum that goes beyond thought experiments to substantive empirical investigations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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