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Will Teach For Food: Academic Labor in Crisis

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Academic labor has never been more vulnerable to exploitation, or more galvanized into action. Threats to tenure, job shortages for new Ph.D.s, and an increasing reliance on poorly paid graduate students and adjunct faculty for teaching are the harsh reality on campuses across the nation. Will Teach for Food provides a clarion call to academic workers, summoning them to ta ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 15th 1997 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 1997)
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Zach
Oct 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: university, labor
The majority of this book reprints Social Text #49's Yale Strike Dossier, a reportback from the Yale Grade Strike and its aftermath. Many of these essays are excellent and important contributions to the literature on academic labor. John Wilhelm's introduction frames GESO's fight within the longer history of industrial unionism at Yale, while Robin Kelley's "The Proletariat Goes To College" is a short, insightful account of the labor politics of noninstructional university workers. Corey Robin a ...more
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Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
It is rather disturbing how relevant this book still is so many years later. While part one deals with the experience of Yale graduate students, part two is a more comprehensive look at hiring practices in higher education. The plight of contingent (disposable) faculty is as real today as it was then, only the percentages of faculty in this category has continued to grow every year.
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