Campbell Jones is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland. His most recent book is Can the Market Speak? (London:Zero, 2013).
- "What is important to understand is that these revolts are taking place for a reason."
- "Likewise the financial crisis of 2008 served as the background to the Browne Report of 2010 in the United Kingdom presaging the raising of tuition fees from £3,000 to up to £9,000."
- "What has become unmistakeable today is the place of a broader process of financialisation that was set in train in the early 1970s and is today pivotal to the economic and social realities of capitalist economies."
- "They obey a certain logic of their own, and are in a quite specific sense ‘logical revolts’."
- "This, I submit, is the reason why there are today so many works being published that ask what the idea of the university is and means."
- "This goes some way to explaining the logics of contemporary publishing, in which a concern for pure differentiation and rankings external to the product comes to occupy centre stage."
- "It is also important to note the vast strength of the forces that have in recent years set about resisting the financialisation of the university, and their relations to other movements in schools and in defense of resources and faculties that have been protected so that they can be held in common."
- "Legitimation of fee rises in financial terms is one thing, but more important are arguments that seek to persuade students to think of tertiary education as an investment in oneself that one undertakes in order to position oneself in the future labour market."
- "Shareholder value is a composite measure depending on many factors constantly in balance – rankings of research, student employability, student rankings, ability to attract research grants and staff."
- "Further, the logic of finance is premised on differentials of performance and return."