The Harvesting of Intellectuals and Intellectual Labor: The University System as a Reconstructed/Continued Colonial Space for the Acquisition of Knowledge

  • Patrick S. De Walt
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 8)

This chapter analyzes the role that labor plays within the university sphere through a multitude of lenses that include Du Boisian, Fanonian, Gramscian, and Marxian theories. Through these lenses, a relationship between the process of planting and harvesting intellectual labor will be identified and explored through a selective comparison to US enslavement for the purpose of raising the consciousness of intellectuals who are within, who desire to enter, and who look for alternate intellectual and educational spaces to inhabit. This analysis further looks to label the university system as a colonial space that through (its own version of) corporate and intellectual1 capitalism looks to sustain, expand, and promote its own interests in the guise of pursuing and cultivating knowledge.


Educational Institution African Descent Critical Consciousness Multicultural Education Black Folk 
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