Debate from ROAPE Volume 32 Number 106
Academic Freedom & Crisis of Neoliberalism: Some Cautions


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Academic Freedom and the Crisis of Neoliberalism: Some Cautions
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Vol.32 No.106 (Dec 2005), pp599-608
This article concerns academic freedom in the context of the war on terror. There are two concepts of academic freedom current in the field that need to be distinguished: (a) the neoliberal notion of academic freedom which takes knowledge to be a commodity, education as a service to be privatised and academic freedom the ability to market knowledge and education services without governmental regulation; (b) the ‘commoner’ notion of academic freedom which takes knowledge as a common resource for all, education as a public good, and academic freedom as the enlarging of the capacity of all to access and produce knowledge.