Academia, Inc.

How Corporatization Is Transforming Canadian Universities

by Jamie Brownlee  

First of its kind, this book to address the negative consequences of corporatization of higher education.

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  • April 2015
  • ISBN: 9781552667354
  • 240 pages
  • $25.00
  • For sale worldwide
  • EPUB May 2015
  • ISBN: 9781552667521
  • $24.99
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  • Kindle June 2015
  • ISBN: 9781552668085
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About the book

Canadian universities are being slowly but inexorably corporatized. Casualizing academic labour, remaking students into consumers of education, implementing corporate management models and commercializing academic research all point to the ascendance of business interests and values in Canada’s higher education system.

Academia, Inc. examines the tensions that result from the merging of two fundamentally incompatible institutions — the university and the corporation. Brownlee argues that moving from liberal education to corporate job training, public service to profit-making and critical research to commercial invention radically undermines the goals of higher education. Investigating the history, causes and impacts of corporatization, this book explores how this transformation has taken shape and its ramifications for both universities and society as a whole. Brownlee suggests several strategies for resisting this process.

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  • The Corporate Takeover of the University
  • Corporate Power and Higher Education
  • University Teaching and the Casualization of Academic Labour
  • The Rise of the Student-Consumer
  • Managing Universities Like a Business
  • Laying a Base for Private Profit: Corporate Corruption of Academic Research
  • Resisting Corporatization: Universities and Social Justice
  • References
  • Index


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