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  • Acknowledgments

    Introduction: Education as National Pedagogy / Randy Martin

    I: The Whole Business

    Academic Capitalism, Managed Professionals, and Supply-Side Higher Education / Gary Rhoades and Sheila Slaughter

    Recapturing Academic Business / Christopher Newfield

    The Stratification of the Academy / Zelda F. Gamson

    The Ascent toward Corporate Managerialism in American and Australian Universities / Jan Currie and Lesley Vidovich

    II: The Academy's Labor

    Education for Public Life / David Montgomery

    Doing Academic Work / Stefano Harney and Frederick Moten

    Adjuncts and More Adjuncts: Labor Segmentation and the Transformation of Higher Education / Vincent Tirelli

    The Last Good Job in America / Stanley Aronowitz

    III: Siting Specifics, Striking Back

    Education, Job Skills, or Workfare: The Crisis Facing Adult Literacy Education Today / Emily Hacker and Ira Yankwitt

    In Defense of CUNY / Bart Meyers

    Faculty, Students, and Political Engagement / Jeremy Smith

    Need a Break from Your Dissertation? Organize a Union! / William Vaughn


  • Janice Kay Currie

    Fred Moten

    Randy Martin

    Gary Rhoades

    Christopher Newfield

    Zelda F. Gamson

    David Montgomery

    Stefano Harney

    Vincent Tirelli

    Stanley Aronowitz

    Emily Hacker

    Bart Meyers

    Jeremy Smith

    William Vaughn

    Sheila Slaughter

    Lesley Vidovich

    Ira Yankwitt

  • Chalk Lines is a powerful analysis and indictment of the emerging corporate university. It illuminates the crisis of academic labor by placing it in the context of global economic change. Everyone concerned with higher education should read this book and reflect on it deeply.”—Cary Nelson, coauthor of Academic Keywords: A Devil’s Dictionary for Higher Education — N/A

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    The increasing corporatization of education has served to expose the university as a business—and one with a highly stratified division of labor. In Chalk Lines editor Randy Martin presents twelve essays that confront current challenges facing the academic workforce in U.S. colleges and universities and demonstrate how, like chalk lines, divisions between employees may be creatively redrawn.
    While tracing the socioeconomic conditions that have led to the present labor situation on campuses, the contributors consider such topics as the political implications of managerialism and the conceptual status of academic labor.
    They examine the trend toward restructuring and downsizing, the particular plight of the adjunct professor, the growing emphasis on vocational training in the classroom, and union organizing among university faculty, staff, and graduate students. Placing such issues within the context of the history of labor movements as well as governmental initiatives to train a workforce capable of competing in the global economy, Chalk Lines explores how universities have attempted to remake themselves in the image of the corporate sector. Originally published as an issue of Social Text, this expanded volume, which includes four new essays, offers a broad view of academic labor in the United States.
    With its important, timely contribution to debates concerning the future of higher education, Chalk Lines will interest a wide array of academics, administrators, policymakers, and others invested in the state—and fate—of academia.

    Stanley Aronowitz, Jan Currie, Zelda F. Gamson, Emily Hacker, Stefano Harney, Randy Martin, Bart Meyers, David Montgomery, Frederick Moten, Christopher Newfield, Gary Rhoades, Sheila Slaughter, Jeremy Smith, Vincent Tirelli, William Vaughn, Lesley Vidovich, Ira Yankwitt

    About The Author(s)

    Randy Martin is Chair and Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Science and Management at Pratt Institute. He is the author of three books, including Critical Moves: Dance Studies in Theory and Politics, also published by Duke University Press.

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