George Caffentzis — A Critique of Commodified Education and Knowledge

A Critique of Commodified Education and Knowledge
George Caffentzis (February 12, 2008)

Higher education and the knowledge produced in universities have experienced a remarkable transition in the last half-century. First, the informal epistemic common of academic “Lettered Property” (the texts and research results produced by university faculty members and students) has been enclosed and academics have been expelled or enticed into a neoliberal regime where a mysterious Midas touch commodifies knowledge about everything from life forms to mythic heroes. Second, higher education that had previously been seen as a public good which Church, State and/or Capital largely subsidized in exchange for the right to control its content and form, has in the 1980s and 1990s increasingly become a commodity to be sold in a competitive market by universities to their “customers,” heavily indebted students.

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