Campbell Jones is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland. His most recent book is Can the Market Speak? (London:Zero, 2013).
- "On the other hand, the logic of finance has opened a void over questions of judgement and reason that has led to despair, exit and open revolt."
- "Finance is a world of objectively measurable performance that is oriented to producing ‘improvements’ towards a forever expanding future horizon."
- "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."
- "Further, the logic of finance is premised on differentials of performance and return."
- "In this process, in which not only private capitalist firms but institutions claiming public purpose are increasingly judged by the concepts, techniques and metaphors of finance, the university stands as an important test case."
- "What I will sketch here is the hard end of a logic that has been implemented in some contexts with considerable force, and to which many in a country such as New Zealand tend by and large to see no alternative and no problem."
- "A significant and flourishing scholarly literature now documents the profound historical depth of finance and with this the dynamics of credit and debt."
- "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."
- "Financialisation is constantly reiterated and reinstated because of its very fragility and its constant failure."
- "If financialisation is overtly or covertly resisted by students, the ramifications for those employed as academics and administrators in the university are fraught."