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Awakenings

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The Alienated Academic

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This chapter scopes and situates academic work against the key themes that underpin that work as alienating practice. It begins by addressing how the idea of academic labour as privilege blinds its practitioners to their estrangement from the products and process of work, alongside the relationships that emerge there, both in terms of the self and with peers. The chapter argues that academic being and becoming is stunted through the divorce of the academic from her labour, which is then overlain by a series of fetishes, including the student experience and ideas of educational value-for-money. This emerges from alienated labour, which is itself hidden by second-order mediations like private property, commodity exchange and the division of labour. This catalyses processes of proletarianisation through commodification, which are addressed in relation to the extant literature on the crisis of academic work.

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Hall, R. (2018). Awakenings. In: The Alienated Academic. Marxism and Education. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94304-6_1

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  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-94304-6_1

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