By Mary Evans
"The extra it charges, the fewer it really is worth." (Student slogan, London, 2003) "We are informed that this international represents our greatest wish for highbrow power and creativity. we're additionally advised that we must always pay extra to go into it and event its wealthy assets. but these wealthy assets are more and more marginalized via cultures of review and rules, the heavy bills of which (both monetary and highbrow) are to be carried through scholars. more and more scholars are being requested to pay for the prices of the rules of upper schooling instead of schooling itself. entry to raised schooling has turn into extra generally to be had: the consequences of that modify are the fear of this book." Mary Evans
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That model has, in Britain, largely been superseded by a new model which makes much more explicit the economic role of the universities. It is thus that universities become part less of 'culture' in the liberal sense of engagement with certain forms and kinds of knowledge but rather with a political culture which is manifestly about the furtherance of the aims of the Western state. To return to Eagleton's quotation: the 'culture war' over Racine or soap opera is long gone; the real culture war is about national politics and - if we extend the argument globally - about the legitimacy of Western assumptions.
Thompson's image of the academic white mouse being taken to be sold at the pet shop has, sad to say, now an awful ring of truth to it since not only have universities committed themselves to the rule of the bureaucratic agenda, they have also allowed themselves to be bought by commerce, industry and the market. This purchase of the academic white mouse has taken two forms: the invasion of the culture of the university by ideas about 'enterprise' and 'the needs of industry'; and the literal purchase of university appointments or expertise by those individuals or institutions which wish to enhance their power and prestige.
At one time there was little difference between universities outside Oxford and Cambridge, now Oxford and Cambridge remain one elite among other elite groups: the 'Russell' group, and the 'research-led universities' being just two examples. 39 Killing Thinking Performance tables of all aspects of university life divide universities and, in addition to the usual fierce and vicious competition between individual academics, produce fierce and vicious competition between institutions. Given that universities are supposed to contain the most astute and intelligent minds of their generation it is inevitable that questions should be asked about how this situation - of the double achievement of the devaluation and dedemocratization of higher education - should have come about.
Killing thinking : the death of the universities by Mary Evans