Contemporary Research and the Ambiguity of Critique

Journal of the Public University, Vol. 4, 2007

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 08-17

15 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

Abstract

Within the marketised context of higher education, research is valued less for its contribution to scholarship than for its income-generating capacity and value to end users. Commodification has significant ramifications for academic freedom as can be seen by the example of research consultancies. Academic freedom is also being affected by the direct interference of neoliberal governments in research policy. While terror censorship is a dramatic manifestation of interference, critical research is also affected by the everyday practices of the contemporary academy. All these factors contribute to the production of de-politicised knowledge.

Keywords: Critical research, academic freedom, competition policy

Suggested Citation

Thornton, Margaret, Contemporary Research and the Ambiguity of Critique. Journal of the Public University, Vol. 4, 2007, ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 08-17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136562

Margaret Thornton (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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