The University, State, and Market: The Political Economy of Globalization in the Americas

The University, State, and Market: The Political Economy of Globalization in the Americas

The University, State, and Market: The Political Economy of Globalization in the Americas

The University, State, and Market: The Political Economy of Globalization in the Americas

Synopsis

This volume explores the complex relationships among universities, states, and markets throughout the Americas in light of the growing influence of globalization. It offers a biting critique of neoliberal globalization and its anti-democratic elements. In seeking to challenge the hegemony of neoliberal globalization, the authors highlight the ways in which corporate capitalism, academic capitalism, and increased militarization- both in the form of terrorism and in the international war against terrorism- are directing societies and institutions.

Throughout this volume, the contributors- led by Noam Chomsky, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Raymond Morrow, Sheila Slaughter, and Atilio Boron- argue that neoliberal globalization has changed the context for academic work, research and development, science, and social responsibility at universities. They examine issues of access and social mobility, and argue that the recent push toward privatization limits the democratic and emancipatory possibilities of universities. Finally, the book explores various forms of resistance and discusses globalization in terms of social movements and global human rights.

Contributors:

Estela Mara Bensimon

Atilio Alberto Boron

Andrea Brewster

Noam Chomsky

Ana Loureiro Jurema

Ken Kempner

Marcela Mollis

Raymond Morrow

Imanol Ordorika

Gary Rhoades

Robert A. Rhoads

Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Daniel Schugurensky

Sheila Slaughter

Carlos Alberto Torres

Excerpt

The importance of this volume can be readily presented in a prefatory, summary way as signaling a reintegration of critical social theory and political economy in the study of higher education in the Americas. Although political economic approaches have come upon hard time since the heyday of the early 1980s, they remain—especially in the new forms that have emerged— more important than ever in the context of globalization. the new challenges relate especially to taking into account a new understanding of the state in the context of neoliberal globalization and the downsizing of the welfare state as well as the paradoxical effects of the cultural turn in the human sciences and its uses and abuses in political culture.

It is necessary to have some historical perspective here in recognizing that higher education has had a distinctive fate in this context. Although postsecondary education initially remained relatively autonomous relative to lower levels, it has subsequently lost control of its pact with the devil in opening itself to commercialization in the name of its public responsibility . . .

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