The Exchange University
224 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Release Date:01 Jul 2009
Release Date:31 Oct 2008
Release Date:01 Jul 2009

The Exchange University

Corporatization of Academic Culture

UBC Press

The Exchange University critically examines the commercialization of today’s academy. Universities are under increasing economic pressure to develop human capital, science, and technology in support of the need for economic restructuring and international competitiveness. “Market relations” and “knowledge economies” have become key phrases in university debates over research and academic priorities, while privatization reveals tensions between public and private sectors.

Pressures for capital accumulation, research commercialization, technology transfer, and academic capitalism create fractures in today’s universities by weakening boundaries separating academy and industry. Furthermore, through legislation and policy, governments have created quasi-markets that encourage institutional competition both within the public sphere and between public and private sectors.

The Exchange University addresses crucial questions facing today’s university, including the commercialization of research and teaching; intensifying government-university relationships; marketization and commodification; and policy and functional responses within the academy. The book will interest practitioners, students, and academics in educational studies, policy studies, and higher education.

Adrienne S. Chan is on faculty in the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University College of the Fraser Valley and is an adjunct professor at the Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training at the University of British Columbia.

Donald Fisher is a professor in the Department of Education Studies and co-director of the Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training at UBC.

Contributors: Sandra Acker, Paul Axelrod, Adrienne S. Chan, Jo-Anne Dillabough, Donald Fisher, Brigitte Gemme, Yves Gingras, Linda Muzzin, Janice Newson, Claire Polster, Gary Rhoades, Theresa Shanahan, Sheila Slaughter, Jennifer Sumner


Introduction: The Exchange University / Adrienne S. Chan and Donald Fisher

1 The Academic Capitalist Knowledge/Learning Regime / Sheila Slaughter and Gary Rhoades

2 Academic Culture and the Research-Intensive University: The Impact of Commercialism and Scientism / Adrienne S. Chan and Donald Fisher

3 The New Production of Researchers / Brigitte Gemme and Yves Gingras

4 Public Policy in Ontario Higher Education: From Frost to Harris / Paul Axelrod

5 How Fares Equity in an Era of Academic Capitalism? The Role of Contingent Faculty / Linda Muzzin

6 Reclaiming Our Centre: Toward a Robust Defence of Academic Autonomy / Janice Newson and Claire Polster

7 “Gender at Work” in Teacher Education: History, Society, and Global Reform / Jo-Anne Dillabough and Sandra Acker

8 The Political Economy of Legal Scholarship: A Case Study of the University of British Columbia Law School / Theresa Shanahan

9 Keeping the Commons in Academic Culture: Protecting the Knowledge Commons from the Enclosure of the Knowledge Economy / Jennifer Sumner

Conclusion / Adrienne S. Chan and Donald Fisher


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