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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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What Is Criticism on Academic Labor For?

What Is Criticism on Academic Labor For?

(p.67) 8 What Is Criticism on Academic Labor For?
The Critical Pulse

Katie Hogan

Columbia University Press

This chapter argues that aside from focusing on unfair labor practices and economic justice, criticism on academic labor should also include a more explicit statement of its commitment to social justice for intellectual practices that create complex academic insights and innovative ideas. Too often, this aspect of the criticism is muted or left implied. Criticism on academic labor has the capacity to argue more directly for the value of unhurried intellectual work and resistant critical thinking in addition to issues of worker and student rights and justice. It can explicitly state that thoughtful education and intellectual practices are threatened and worth fighting for. The shrinking minority of overworked tenured professors underscores the need to argue not only students' but also for professors' right to learn.

Keywords:   academic labor, criticism, social justice, intellectual work, professors, right to learn

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