Higher education and research are now at the centre of economic and social policy in advanced information societies. Global networks of researchers, finance, students and policymakers invoke collaborative sociological perspectives. What it means to be an academic and to work in a technologically advanced knowledge industry has undergone transformations that cross national borders. The future of knowledge production, social development, prosperity and the freedom of ideas are caught in the swelling of global tides.
The Social Structures of Global Academia exposes readers to a variety of issues that are impacting academics across the globe. The volume includes contributions by leading social scientists and innovative research from emerging scholars. Its anchoring themes include academic ethics, the affective cultures of scholarship, changing funding structures and social control of the currents of scholarly life.
Giving readers an overview of the growing field of critical studies of academia, The Social Structures of Global Academia will appeal to students and scholars seeking to understand more of the burgeoning field of critical sociologies of higher education, and general readers interested in contemporary knowledge about universities, science and the people who make it their passion. It will also appeal to policymakers who are invested in trying to make universities more viable places to work.
Table of Contents
1. An Introduction to the Social Structures of Global Academia Fabian Cannizzo and Nick Osbaldiston
Part I: Academic Ethics
2. The Public Good of Higher Education John Holmwood
3. Beyond the Academic Ethic Stephen Turner
4. Academic Service: Attachment, Belief and Hope Nick Osbaldiston, Fabian Cannizzo and Christian Mauri
Part II: Affective Cultures
5. Affective Infrastructures of Global Academia Mona Mannevuo and Elina Valovirta
6. Academic Craftwork: On Authenticity and Value in Academia Fabian Cannizzo
7. Happy in Academia: The Perspective of the Academic Elite Oili-Helena Ylijoki
Part III: Funding and Metrics
8. Early Career Academic and Evaluative Metrics: Ambivalence, Resistance and Strategies Gaby Haddow and Björn Hammarfelt
9. The Rise of Project Funding and its Effects on the Social Structure of Academia Thomas Franssen and Sarah de Rijcke
10. Racing for What? Anticipation and Acceleration in the Work and Career Practices of Academic Life Science Postdocs Ruth Müller
Part IV: Agency and Control
11. Formulating the Academic Precariat Christian Mauri
12. Living and Working in the Contemporary University Sarah R. Davies
13. Fields of Struggle: University Work and Global Change Raewyn Connell
Fabian Cannizzo is an independent researcher in Melbourne, Australia
Nick Osbaldiston is a senior lecturer at James Cook University, Cairns, Australia