The punishing intensification of work within academia…

A punishing intensification of work has become an endemic feature of academic life. Again, serious discussion of this is hard to find either within or outside universities, yet it is impossible to spend any significant amount of time with academics without quickly gaining an impression of a profession overloaded to breaking point, as a consequence of the underfunded expansion of universities over the last two decades, combined with hyperinflation of what is demanded of academics, and an audit culture that, if it was once treated with scepticism, has now been almost perfectly internalized. ( Indeed, as I write this, I’m being informed by email of the need to be ‘REF-ready’, even before the terms of the new research assessment audit – the so-called Research Excellence Framework — have been announced).

Gill, R (2009) Breaking the silence: The hidden injuries of neo-liberal academia in Flood,R. & Gill,R. (Eds.) Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections. London: Routledge

2 thoughts on “The punishing intensification of work within academia…

  1. In case of interest, here’s some stuff on the impact of new media on work:

    Chapter Four of Castells, M. 2006. The Rise of the Network Society. Blackwell Publishing.

    Berardi, F. 2009. Precarious Rhapsody: Semiocapitalism and the Pathologies of the Post-Alpha Generation. Minor Compositions.

    Berardi, F. 2009. The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy. Semiotext(e).

    Berkowsky, R.W. 2013. When you just cannot get away: exploring the use of information and communication technologies in facilitating negative work/home spillover. Information, Communication & Society, 16:4, 519-541.

    Bolin, G. 2012. The labor of media use: the two active audiences. Information, Communication & Society, 15:6, 796-814.

    Fish, A. & R. Srinivasan. 2012. Digital labor is the new killer app. New Media & Society, 14:1, 137-152.

    Fuchs, C. 2013. Digital Labour and Karl Marx. Routledge.

    Chapters Nine and Fifteen of Fuchs, C. & M. Sandoval (eds). 2013. Critique, Social Media and the Information Society. Routledge.

    Gill, R. & A. Pratt. 2008. In the social factory? immaterial labour, precariousness and cultural work. Theory, Culture & Society, 25:7-8, 1-30.

    de Peuter, G. 2013. Creative economy and labour precarity: a contested convergence. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 35:4, 417-425.

    Scholz, T.(ed) 2012. Digital Labor: The Internet as Playground and Factory. Routledge.

    Schoneboom, A. 2011. Workblogging in a Facebook age. Work, Employment & Society, 25:1, 132-140.

    Terranova, T. 2000. Free labor: producing culture for the digital economy. Social Text, 18:2, 33-58.

    Chapter Three of Terranova, T. 2004. Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age. Pluto Press.

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