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Office Hours : Activism and Change in the Academy - Cary Nelson

Office Hours

Activism and Change in the Academy

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Published: 31st August 2004
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Universities are in trouble. They face some tough choices about how to survive in our uncompromising times. In a series of stinging analyses this book tackles these issues head on. It argues that it's not enough to blame market forces or the indifference of politicians: academics can often be their own worst enemies. Universities are increasingly profit-driven, and the faculty seems increasingly passive in the face of political and economic pressures. This book examines the current sorry state of higher education and offers 'alternative futures' for the academy, visions that involve academic organizations, public outreach through the internet, faculty unionization, and campus organizing. Office Hours is a roll-up-your-sleeves look at the avoidable disaster facing the modern university. 'Straightforward, unpretentious, immensely readable, and on matters of extreme urgency to a very wide potential readership.' --Bruce Robbins, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University 'Office Hours is always pointed, often poetic and amusing, and never dull. Nelson and Watt accurately diagnose the serious malady that threatens American higher education, and then suggest the cure. Do read this book-it's a tonic.' --Jane Buck, President, American Association of University Professors 'Straightforward, unpretentious, immensely readable, and on matters of extreme urgency to a very wide potential readership' - Bruce Robbins, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University 'Office Hours is always pointed, often poetic and amusing, and never dull. Nelson and Watt accurately diagnose the serious malady that threatens American higher education, and then suggest the cure. Do read this book-it's a tonic - Jane Buck, President, American Association of University Professors

"Straightforward, unpretentious, immensely readable, and on matters of extreme urgency to a very wide potential readership ." -Bruce Robbins, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University "Office Hours is always pointed, often poetic and amusing, and never dull. Nelson and Watt accurately diagnose the serious malady that threatens American higher education, and then suggest the cure. Do read this book-it's a tonic ." -Jane Buck, President, American Association of University Professors "Readers will find the book a refreshingly personal take on the high stakes of activism in the academy." -Heather M. Steffen, Carnegie Mellon University

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Where We Are and How We Got Therep. 13
Cohorts-The Diaspora of the Teachersp. 15
Anonymity, Celebrity, and Professional Identityp. 27
The Postdoc Paradoxp. 41
Disciplining Debtp. 53
The Brave New World of Research Surveillancep. 69
The Humanities and the Perils of Globalizationp. 81
Toward Alternative Futuresp. 95
Organizational Affiliation and Changep. 97
Is It a University or is It a Country Club?p. 117
Collective Action, Collective Bargaining, Collective Agencyp. 139
The Economics of Textbook Reformp. 165
Transforming Teaching and Reaching the Public on the Internetp. 181
What Would an Ethical Graduate Program Be?p. 189
Bibliographyp. 213
Authors' Notesp. 217
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780415971850
ISBN-10: 0415971853
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 31st August 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1