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Public sociology and the transformation of the university

Anthea, Metcalfe; Jacklyn, Cock

Abstract:
In Burawoy’s formulation, Public Sociology is distinguished by its use of reflexive knowledge and its appeal beyond the university. It ‘engages with diverse publics, reaching beyond the university, to enter into an ongoing dialogue with these publics about fundamental values’ (Zussman and Misra 2007:5). This formulation was in part a reaction to the way in which public universities in the USA have responded to mounting attacks from the ‘right’: …with market solutions – joint ventures with private corporations, advertising campaigns to attract students, fawning over private donors, commodifying education through distance learning, and employing cheap temporary professional labor, not to mention the armies of lowpaid service workers. (Burawoy 2007:27)

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Document Title: Public sociology and the transformation of the university
Journal: Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Volume: 72/73
No. of Pages: 66-85


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Institutional Management
Country:African Continent
Keywords:Sociology of Education, Transformation of higher education, Trends in Higher Education, Globalisation and Higher Education


Date Added:31 March 2012


Anthea, Metcalfe; Jacklyn, Cock (2010) Public sociology and the transformation of the university, Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa , 72, 66-85