Whackademia: An Insider's Account of the Troubled University

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NewSouth Publishing, 2012 - Education - 240 pages
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A scathing insider expose, this account lifts the lid on a higher education system that s corporatized beyond recognition, steeped in bureaucracy, and dominated by marketing and PR imperatives rather than intellectual pursuit. Fearless, ferocious, and often funny, this exposes a world that stands in stark contrast to the slogans and mottos joyously promoted by Australia s universities. Raising bold questions that go to the heart of Australian higher education, this is an unsentimental call for a reenlightened higher education sector that s not only about revenue, efficiencies, and corporate profile."

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Richard Hill surely does express what most academics discuss amongst themselves, as long as no "managers" are around. He surely has hit a nerve with most academics, if not all of us.
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is the march of capitalism through the last bastions of publicly funded, state owned, for the people-by the people type institutes of any western nation. Hill identifies in his frustrated cynicism the whole -sale of whatever was left of a democratic system to a neo-liberal managerialism. 

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About the author (2012)

Richard Hil is an honorary associate at the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, the coauthor of Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage, and the coeditor of Surviving Care: Achieving Justice and Healing for the Forgotten Australians. His articles have also been published in the Australian, Australian Universities Review, and Campus Review.

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