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[Comment] Offline: The pleasures of being an academic

The case against modern university life has never been stronger. In his new book, Les Back, a Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, describes the predicaments of surviving within today’s “neoliberal university”. Academic Diary (Goldsmiths Press, 2016) is his report from the frontlines of higher education in Britain. He uses the terms of the academic year to uncover the vicious cruelties and small beauties of university life. He anatomises the audit culture, its individualised quantification of performance and value, together with its professionalisation, overspecialisation, managerialism, overproduction, selfishness, hollow vanity, and even racism.

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