"There was a time when academia was society's refuge for the eccentric, brilliant , and impractical. No longer. It is now the domain of professional self-marketers. As for the eccentric, brilliant, and impractical: it would seem society now has no place for them at all."

– David Graeber, 2016

@entreprecariat as someone who works in academia, I can see what he's saying but I also wonder what era he was referring to -- I say this because my mother was denied tenure in 1982 and very much eccentric, brilliant, and not always practical. But also a woman. (And white, which certainly gave her some advantage.)

@platypus he's referring to the era of the various Foucaults of Bourdieus, who, by today standards, says Graeber, would also be denied tenure.

@platypus I assume the process of bureaucratization of university was already well on its way in 1982

@entreprecariat almost certainly. Though I can only imagine gender might've been tougher in the 60s and 70s. But I think that she was hired in a more aspirational period of the 70s (76) and by 82 she was no longer interesting.

@platypus interesting point. If I get it correctly, you're implying that, for a woman, the 60s informal university was perhaps worse than the 80s bureaucratic one.

@entreprecariat Yeah. I don't think either was good, but they were bad in different ways -- and like in the modern bureacractic one we get people saying stuff like "well we have 80 years of data on how student assessments are mostly fair" and I have to ask questions like "but for how many of those years was the faculty 90% white men?"

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