[Marxism] Fwd: Impact of Social Sciences – How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Jul 26 21:01:45 MDT 2015

The academic job market is structured in many respects like a drug gang, 
with an expanding mass of outsiders and a shrinking core  of insiders. 
Even if the probability that you might get shot in academia is 
relatively small (unless you mark student papers very harshly), one can 
observe similar dynamics. Academia is only one example of this trend, 
but it affects labour markets virtually everywhere. An important topic 
of research for labour market scholars at the moment is what we call 
“dualisation”. Dualisation is the strengthening of this divide between 
insiders in secure, stable employment and outsiders in fixed-term, 
precarious employment. Academic systems more or less everywhere rely at 
least to some extent on the existence of a supply of “outsiders” ready 
to forgo wages and employment security in exchange for the prospect of 
uncertain security, prestige, freedom and reasonably high salaries that 
tenured positions entail.


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