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Academic Capitalism in the Age of Globalization

edited by Brendan Cantwell and Ilkka Kauppinen
foreword by Sheila Slaughter

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Understanding higher education and the knowledge economy in the Age of Globalization.

Today, nearly every aspect of higher education—including student recruitment, classroom instruction, faculty research, administrative governance, and the control of intellectual property—is embedded in a political economy with links to the market and the state. Academic capitalism offers a powerful framework for understanding this relationship. Essentially, it allows us to understand higher education’s shift from creating scholarship and learning as a public good to generating knowledge as a commodity to be…

Understanding higher education and the knowledge economy in the Age of Globalization.

Today, nearly every aspect of higher education—including student recruitment, classroom instruction, faculty research, administrative governance, and the control of intellectual property—is embedded in a political economy with links to the market and the state. Academic capitalism offers a powerful framework for understanding this relationship. Essentially, it allows us to understand higher education’s shift from creating scholarship and learning as a public good to generating knowledge as a commodity to be monetized in market activities.

In Academic Capitalism in the Age of Globalization, Brendan Cantwell and Ilkka Kauppinen assemble an international team of leading scholars to explore the profound ways in which globalization and the knowledge economy have transformed higher education around the world. The book offers an in-depth assessment of the theoretical foundations of academic capitalism, as well as new empirical insights into how the process of academic capitalism has played out. Chapters address academic capitalism from historical, transnational, national, and local perspectives. Each contributor offers fascinating insights into both new conceptual interpretations of and practical institutional and national responses to academic capitalism.

Incorporating years of research by influential theorists and building on the work of Sheila Slaughter, Larry Leslie, and Gary Rhoades, Academic Capitalism in the Age of Globalization provides a provocative update for understanding academic capitalism. The book will appeal to anyone trying to make sense of contemporary higher education.

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As a collection, Academic Capitalism in the Age of Globalization presents ways that universities have become more entrepreneurial, more interdisciplinary, more competitive, and more marketable as postsecondary institutions and labor markets have become progressively globalized.

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This timely and necessary book makes a very significant contribution to the study of the changing global context of higher education.

In Academic Capitalism in the Age of Globalization, Cantwell and Kauppinen offer a well-organized and thorough treatment of academic capitalism. This is a superbly edited volume that furthers our understanding of globalization and the political economy of higher education. A must-read for anyone concerned about the future of higher education.

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296
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9781421415383
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Part I: Academic Capitalism Revisited
Chapter 1. Academic Capitalism in Theory and Research
Chapter 2. Retheorizing Academic Capitalism: Actors, Mechanisms, Fields, and Networks

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Part I: Academic Capitalism Revisited
Chapter 1. Academic Capitalism in Theory and Research
Chapter 2. Retheorizing Academic Capitalism: Actors, Mechanisms, Fields, and Networks
Chapter 3. University Revolutions and Academic Capitalism: A Historical Perspective
Chapter 4. Exploring the Academic Capitalist Time Regime
Chapter 5. Learning to Litigate: University Patents in the Knowledge Economy
Chapter 6. Academic Capitalism and Practical Activity: Extending the Research Program
Chapter 7. Extending Academic Capitalism by Foregrounding Academic Labor
Part II: Academic Capitalism and Globalization
Chapter 8. The Global Enterprise of Higher Education
Chapter 9. Transnationalization of Academic Capitalism through Global Production Networks
Chapter 10. How to Explain Academic Capitalism: A Mechanism-Based Approach
Chapter 11. Peripheral Knowledge-Driven Economies: What Does Academic Capitalism Have to Say?
Chapter 12. Academic Capitalism in Greater China: Theme and Variations
Chapter 13. Risky Business: Academic Capitalism, Globalization, and the Risk University
Chapter 14. Developing a Conceptual Model to Study the International Student Market
List of Contributors
Index

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Ilkka Kauppinen

Ilkka Kauppinen is a university lecturer in sociology in the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy at University of Jyväskylä and a fellow at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education.
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Sheila Slaughter

Sheila Slaughter is a professor of higher education at the University of Georgia and coauthor, with Larry L. Leslie, of Academic Capitalism: Politics, Policies, and the Entrepreneurial University, also published by Johns Hopkins.