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The Assault on Universities : A Manifesto for Resistance

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With funding cuts well under way and many institutions already promising to charge the maximum 9,000 pounds yearly tuition fee, university education for the majority is under threat. This book exposes the true motives behind the government's programme and provides the analytical tools to fight it.Widespread student protests and occupations, often supported by staff, unions and society at large, show the public's opposition to funding cuts and fee increases. The contributors to this sharp, well-written collection, many of whom are active participants in the anti-cuts movement, outline what's at stake and why it matters. They argue that university education is becoming increasingly skewed towards vocational degrees, which devalues the arts and social sciences - subjects that allow creativity and political inquiry to flourish.Released at the beginning of the new academic year, this book will be at the heart of debates around the future of higher education in the UK and beyond, inspiring both new and seasoned activists in the fight for the soul of our universities.show more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 12mm | 199.58g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745331912
  • 9780745331911
  • 624,168

About Des Freedman

Michael Bailey is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Essex. He is the author or editor of The Uses of Richard Hoggart (2011), Mediating Faiths (2011) and Narrating Media History (2008). He has held visiting fellowships at Goldsmiths, the LSE and the University of Cambridge. Des Freedman is Reader in Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London and an editor of the journal Global Media and Communication. He is the author or editor of The Politics of Media Policy (2008), Television Policies of the Labour Party (2003) and War and the Media (2003). He is secretary of the Goldsmiths branch of the University and College Union.show more

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'A valuable contribution to ongoing global conversations about the possibilities of social, political and economic justice and the central role of cultural institutions and practices, especially education, in them' -- Lawrence Grossberg, Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 'A timely and astute defence of the university that breaks free from the unimaginative pattern that can see education as only either a corporate or a private good. The manifesto shows what can be done to revive and expand our universities restoring their social mission' -- Professor Paul Gilroy, London School of Economics 'Universities are the new front line in the battle between the market and society. Students are being groomed for a life of debt on a learn-to-earn treadmill. Campuses are being commercialised at every turn. The Assault on Universities tells the story of what's happening to higher education, why and what we do about it' -- Neal Lawson, chair of Compass and author of All Consuming 'This is an essential book. The future of our universities is up for grabs and the manifesto will play a huge role in providing alternatives at a time when the government says there aren't any' -- Clare Solomon, President of the University of London Union (ULU) and editor of Springtime (2011) 'The corporatising of universal education is one of the most insidious and dangerous attacks on the very notion of human rights. This book calls us to arms. Every student, every educator who cares should read it' -- John Pilgershow more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION 1. An Introduction to Education Reform and Resistance by Des Freedman Part 1: THE CHANGING IDEA OF THE UNIVERSITY 2. The Idea of the University by John K. Walton 3. What is a University Education For? by Neil Faulkner 4. Fighting for the University's Life by Nick Couldry Part II: CURRENT CHALLENGES AND FUTURE VISIONS 5. Economic Alternatives in the Current Crisis by Aeron Davis 6. Re-Imagining the Public Good by Jon Nixon 7. The War Against Democracy and Education by Nick Stevenson Part III: CRITICAL PEDAGOGY 8. The University as a Political Space by Alberto Toscano 9. The Academic as Truth-Teller by Michael Bailey 10. Impoverished Pedagogy, Privatised Practice by Natalie Fenton Part IV: STUDENT POLITICS 11. Students Revolts Then and Now by John Rees 12. The Politics of Occupation by Feyzi Ismail 13. Achievements and Limitations of the UK Student Movement by Ashok Kumar Part V: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES 14. Beyond the Swindle of the Corporate University by Henry A. Giroux 15. Education Reforms in a European Context by Marion von Osten 16. International Students and the Globalisation of Higher Education by Kirsten Forkert PART VI THE MANIFESTO Demands on Government Demands on Universities Signatories to the Manifesto Notes on contributors Indexshow more

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