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Agonistic Academe: Dialogue, Paralogy, and the Postmodern University

Agonistic Academe: Dialogue, Paralogy, and the Postmodern University Jeffrey r . Di l eo Agonistic Academe Dialogue, Paralogy, and the Postmodern University e b Th irth of the neoliberal university might be traced back to 1996, when a rela- tively unknown associate professor of Comparative Literature at the Université de Montréal caused a stir by publishing a book that showed how colleges and univer- sities are run more like businesses or corporations than educational institutions. Widely read and cited, Bill Readings’ e Th University in Ruins (1996) was a shot across the bow of academe. It announced that business values were supplanting academic values in the administration of universities—and laid the groundwork for a chorus of ever more dystopic political and economic accounts of the state of higher education. Readings’ book was highly inu fl ential and convinced a lot of folks whose primary area of research was not higher education to start thinking and writing about the corporate conditions of academe. Over the course of the next dozen years (1996– 2008), many other n fi e accounts of the corporate logic of the contemporary uni- versity and its implications came out including CUNY sociologist Stanley Arono- witz’s The Knowledge Factory: Dismantling the Corporate University and Creating http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Agonistic Academe: Dialogue, Paralogy, and the Postmodern University

The Comparatist , Volume 37 – May 12, 2013

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Abstract

Jeffrey r . Di l eo Agonistic Academe Dialogue, Paralogy, and the Postmodern University e b Th irth of the neoliberal university might be traced back to 1996, when a rela- tively unknown associate professor of Comparative Literature at the Université de Montréal caused a stir by publishing a book that showed how colleges and univer- sities are run more like businesses or corporations than educational institutions. Widely read and cited, Bill Readings’ e Th University in Ruins (1996) was a shot across the bow of academe. It announced that business values were supplanting academic values in the administration of universities—and laid the groundwork for a chorus of ever more dystopic political and economic accounts of the state of higher education. Readings’ book was highly inu fl ential and convinced a lot of folks whose primary area of research was not higher education to start thinking and writing about the corporate conditions of academe. Over the course of the next dozen years (1996– 2008), many other n fi e accounts of the corporate logic of the contemporary uni- versity and its implications came out including CUNY sociologist Stanley Arono- witz’s The Knowledge Factory: Dismantling the Corporate University and Creating

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: May 12, 2013

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