Academic freedom: Impressions of Australian social scientists

Carole Kayrooz*, Paul Preston

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    This article reinterprets a recentexploratory study of the academic freedom ofAustralian social scientists in an increasinglycommercialised university environment. Thestudy revealed that academics are experiencingseveral conditions that undermine academicfreedom: the intensification of work at theexpense of quality; pressure to choose 'safe'research topics; the erosion of intellectualcapital and student standards; and increasingcorporate governance. We position thesefindings within the transition to 'Mode 2'knowledge production, arguing that thisprovides a more appropriate basis forreconceptualising the traditional concept ofacademic freedom and renegotiating its socialpractice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)341-358
    Number of pages18
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002


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