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Cary Nelson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814758595

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814758595.001.0001

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Graduate-Employee Unionization and the Future of Academic Labor

Graduate-Employee Unionization and the Future of Academic Labor

(p.145) [ 6 ] Graduate-Employee Unionization and the Future of Academic Labor
No University Is an Island

Cary Nelson

NYU Press

This chapter explores the growth of graduate-employee unionization in American higher education over the past two generations. The movement arrives at a time when much of the news about the industry is not good—from casualization to corporatization to the predominance of careerism and lack of community responsibility among many of the full-time tenurable faculty. Graduate-employee unionization is critical due to its capacity to create new, socially and professionally responsible subject positions or identities for both graduate students and faculty. The movement for graduate-employee unionization is the best source of future faculty members devoted to both their personal academic work and their community responsibilities. The chapter also analyzes the American Association of University Professors' (AAUP) role in graduate-employee unionization.

Keywords:   graduate-employee unionization, American higher education, casualization, corporatization, careerism, full-time tenurable faculty, AAUP, dues structure

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