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Title: Precarious, Always-On and Flexible: A Case Study of Academics as Information Workers (Forthcoming)
Authors: Allmer, Thomas
Keywords: academic labour
informational capitalism
digital media
universities
working conditions
Citation: Allmer T (2018) Precarious, Always-On and Flexible: A Case Study of Academics as Information Workers (Forthcoming), European Journal of Communication.
Abstract: The higher education landscape has changed in the last decades. The neoliberal restructuring of universities has led to transformations such as reducing public expenditure, allocating resources based on competition and quasi-market disciplines. These structural transformations have also an effect on the working conditions, practices and relations of subjects within universities. Questions that need to be addressed: How do different working contexts and conditions in the academia shape feelings of autonomy, flexibility and reputation on the one hand and precariousness, overwork and dissatisfaction on the other? What are the broader political realities and potentials in terms of solidarity, participation and democracy at universities? I address these questions based on a theoretical analysis and qualitative interviews with precariously employed academics.
Rights: Allmer T, Precarious, Always-On and Flexible: A Case Study of Academics as Information Workers, European Journal of Communication (Forthcoming). Copyright © 2018 The Author. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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