Resolving the Contradictions of Academic Unionism

Jeffrey Noonan

Abstract


Economic crises are never just economic—they call into question the legitimacy of all major social institutions and the governing value system that unifies them into a hegemonic way of life. That is why crises are always moments of possibility for systemic change—the contradiction between the ruling value system and people’s life-requirements is exposed, opening a shared space for critical, democratic reflection on alternatives to a failing status quo. If democratic mobilization is to be defeated and the crisis resolved on the ruling class’s terms, new ways of running existing institutions must be devised.

Keywords


higher education; activism; workplace activism; academic freedom; unions; unionism; teacher unions; academic unions

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ISSN 1715-0094  Workplace