Academic Un-Freedom in the New Knowledge Economy

ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND RESEARCHERS, Angela Brew & Lisa Lucas, eds., CH 1, pp. 19-34, Open University Press/McGraw Hill, Maidenhead, Birks, UK & NY, 2009

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 10-47

15 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2010

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This chapter considers the impact on research of the neoliberal turn, a world-wide phenomenon. Instead of the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, research is now expected to have use value in the market. What is privileged is its status and income-generating capacity, together with its value to end users. Drawing on the notion of governmentality, the chapter shows how the market ideology came to be quickly accepted through mechanisms of control that emerged at the supranational, the national, the university and the individual levels. The chapter considers how public goods, such as academic freedom, are being eroded as a result of the commodification and privatisation of knowledge

Keywords: Research, universities, new knowledge, neoliberalism

Suggested Citation

Thornton, Margaret, Academic Un-Freedom in the New Knowledge Economy (2009). ACADEMIC RESEARCH AND RESEARCHERS, Angela Brew & Lisa Lucas, eds., CH 1, pp. 19-34, Open University Press/McGraw Hill, Maidenhead, Birks, UK & NY, 2009, ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 10-47, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1599365

Margaret Thornton (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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