Campbell Jones is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland. His most recent book is Can the Market Speak? (London:Zero, 2013).
- "This is not just a case of a particular minister open to charges of financial buffoonery or of being astonishingly uninformed about the realities of studying and working in the sector for which he is ultimately responsible."
- "They are calling the bluff on the presumption that they are human capital rather than workers and citizens."
- "The power of finance has become visible not only in times of financial crisis, during which financial flows at the local, national or global level enter into systemic instability."
- "The problem with ratings agencies is not only with the measures they use, but the fact that their measures are known in advance and, as a result, steps are taken to manipulate them."
- "Finance is a world of objectively measurable performance that is oriented to producing ‘improvements’ towards a forever expanding future horizon."
- "The impact of the logic of finance in the university is far from complete, and the undercommons still live on."
- "All the while, students are asked to consider their very education as an investment in their future, as an enhancement to their employability…their future saleability to capital."
- "But the more we learn about the logic and realities of finance and what it is doing to the university, to society, and to the prospects of thought as such, the more we start to realise that our students in revolt are not only right, but that it is time to join them."
- "The 1970s witnessed a radical financialisation of the economy which involved, amongst other things, the rise in importance of financial activities as a source of profits, the rise of shareholder value in corporate governance, the increasing power of the financial class and the explosion of financial trading and the trade in new financial instruments."
- "Financialisation of the senses involves coding social situations in terms of the categories of finance."