A balanced review of the changing nature of the corporate university
Under New Management
Universities, Administrative Labor, and the Professional Turn
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Randy Martin is the recipient of the American Sociological Association's Marxist Sociology Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015
Faculty members who care about the institutions of higher education where they work are often at odds with university management. In his forceful book, Randy Martin takes a novel, evenhanded approach to this gulf between professors, who feel a loss of autonomy, and administrators, who face a panoply of institutional risks.
Martin imagines a political future for academic labor based on a critical understanding of the administrative work that faculty members already undertake. He considers the differences between self-rule and specialized expertise and provides a case study of a New York City public school to show how schoolchildren and families respond to the demands of managerial productivity that is part of preparing students for college. Under New Management also considers changes that students, faculty, and administrators face in light of this reworked social compact of professionals.
"Martinís highly original book features a sociological and ethnographic sensibility that sets it apart. Under New Management is a tour de force, turning the university back upon itself to discover the associated labor that summons managerialism. This is a timely book that could develop a real popularity among students, staff, and academics active in various struggles in the global university today."
Randy Martin (1957Ė2015) was Professor and Chair of Art and Public Policy at New York University. He has published, as author or editor, a dozen books, including An Empire of Indifference: American War and the Financial Logic of Risk Management, and Financialization of Daily Life (Temple).