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ERIC Number: EJ1157054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0818-8068
Activism on the Corporate Campus: It Just Doesn't Have That You Know What Anymore
Dolhinow, Rebecca
Australian Universities' Review, v59 n2 p14-22 2017
Student activists, like all activists, need space to organise, take part in actions, and educate their peers. On many campuses, these spaces can be a refuge for progressive students who may not find support for their activism in other spaces on campus. This article examines the development, function, and demise of one such space. In particular, this course of events is embedded in the concurrent processes of corporatisation and neoliberal enclosure taking place on universities across the United States. Student and faculty stories of increased supervision and "Big Brother" inspired computer programs for tracking student "involvement" demonstrate unprecedented administrative reach into activism, its planning, and its implementation. The article is based on a decade long ethnographic study on a large public university campus in the US and smaller projects at similar institutions in California. The research is situated in the more general trends in the US over the same period through interviews with faculty at other institutions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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