Campbell Jones is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland. His most recent book is Can the Market Speak? (London:Zero, 2013).
- "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."
- "If there is a positive side to the financial crisis that came to public attention in late 2008 then it is in the dawning public recognition of the power of finance and its centrality not only to the economy, but to other aspects of life in societies in which the capitalist mode of production prevails."
- "The problem is not restricted to any particular individual or political party, but concerns a logic of financialisation that has been taken up across the political spectrum and is rarely the source of critical suspicion."
- "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."
- "At the level of the university an almost universal presentation of self is offered, in which universities present themselves in terms of the unique return that they promise to offer to investors, be these students or businesses seeking to benefit from speculative investment in research."
- "The Browne Report therefore claims: ‘For all students, studying for a degree will be a risk free activity."
- "This comes to govern not only the student investing in themselves and the university seeking improved rankings, but decisions about what should be researched, which researchers and research students should be employed, who should be promoted and granted tenure."
- "If such educational efforts so often fail, it is in part because they rub against the practical lessons of so much else that is taught in the classroom and outside it regarding participation in linguistic community."
- "Such corporations have over the past two decades formed into a small number of massive cartels, which not only claim monopoly rents – controlling exclusive access to publications without which scientific research is all but impossible – but also extort their profits out of state funding of university libraries and the almost entirely unpaid labour of academics who write and review scientific research."
- "Research funds thus seek out the greatest chance of risk-free returns, and in the technosciences and the technologies of human manipulation it strikes gold."