The Culture of the American University in the Age of Neoliberalism

Kleinman, Daniel Lee. Science, Technology and Society Initiative, UMass Amherst, Nanoscience and Society Research Group, UMass Amherst. (2007) The Culture of the American University in the Age of Neoliberalism. In: Nanotechnology and Society: The Organization and Policy of Innovation, May 17, 2007, Amherst, MA. (Unpublished)

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Universities in the United States and across the globe are changing. What is the nature of this change? For nearly twenty years, much of the scholarship and work by journalists on the United States has highlighted increases in conflict of interest, secrecy, proprietary research, loss of unbiased public interest analysts, and distortion of research agendas associated with university-industry research relationships. While these concerns are not entirely misplaced, I argue that the focus on what are egregious violations of academic norms—on dramatic cases—fails to capture a deeper and more difficult to police transformation of the US university. Instead, I believe a fundamental transformation of the culture of university life and academic science, especially, is underway. In this paper, I explore the claims of some of the most high profile recent work on the commercialization of the American university, and I point to a set of examples and indicators that suggest we are seeing a deep transformation of academic culture in the United States.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
InterNano Taxonomy: Social and Economic Impacts > Social Perspectives
Social and Economic Impacts
Social and Economic Impacts > Education
Collections: Science Technology and Society's Nanotechnology and Society Workshops
Depositing User: Michelle Sagan Goncalves
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2008 16:56
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2009 15:14

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