Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745331911 Published October 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance

Edited by Michael Bailey and Des Freedman

The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance

Edited by Michael Bailey and Des Freedman

Distributed for Pluto Press

200 pages | 5.07874 x 7.79528
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745331911 Published October 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9780745331928 Published October 2011 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

With funding cuts well under way and many institutions already promising to charge the maximum £9,000 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.

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 John K. Walton, Professor of Contemporary History, University of the Basque Country
3. What is a University Education For? Neil Faulkner, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol
4. Fighting for the University’s Life Nick Couldry, Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London
Part II: CURRENT CHALLENGES AND FUTURE VISIONS
5. Economic Alternatives in the Current Crisis Aeron Davis, Reader in Political Communication at Goldsmiths
6. Re-Imagining the Public Good Jon Nixon, Honorary Professor of Educational Studies, University of Sheffield, UK
7. The War Against Democracy and Education Nick Stevenson, Reader in Cultural sociology, University of Nottingham
Part III: CRITICAL PEDAGOGY
8. The University as a Political Space Alberto Toscano, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths
9. The Academic as Truth-Teller Michael Bailey
10. Impoverished Pedagogy, Privatised Practice Natalie Fenton, Professor of Communications, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths
Part IV: STUDENT POLITICS
11. Students Revolts Then and Now John Rees, co-founder of Stop the War Coalition
12. The Politics of Occupation Feyzi Ismail, PhD student, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
13. Achievements and Limitations of the UK Student Movement Ashok Kumar
Part V: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
14. Beyond the Swindle of the Corporate University Henry A. Giroux, McMaster University, Canada
15. Education Reforms in a European Context Marion von Osten, Centre for Post-Colonial Knowledge and Culture, Berlin
16. International Students and the Globalisation of Higher Education Kirsten Forkert, activist and PhD student at Goldsmiths
PART VI THE MANIFESTO
Demands on Government
Demands on Universities
Signatories to the Manifesto

Notes on contributors
Index

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