Sunday, February 15, 2009

"How the University Works" OR Humanities as Pomo Sausage Factory

Marc Bousquet's recent book "How the University Works: Higher Education and the Low-Wage Nation" is a must read for anyone involved in higher education, either as student, faculty, or staff. It is an appropriate indictment (especially of the humanities) of the enterprise that is higher education. I am particularly glad that Bousquet has called out English departments for the bogus goods they sell to graduate students and for the extremely unethical way they treat non-tenure stream faculty (i.e., the folks who teach most of the sections in English departments but who are paid the least). There are many reasons the humanities are on the ropes, Bousquet highlights the primary drivers. Highly recommended (as are his YouTube videos). Linked here.

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