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 a logic, I stress, that is not irrational but rather encodes a quite particular sense of rationality, in which rationality and logic take on radically new meanings."
- "In the name of moderation and the continuation of a comfortable life, many will say that the logic of finance does not exist or that in the end it must make good sense."
- ".] I’m watching them really closely to make sure they do what the market wants, and if they don’t, I can go and tell them how many they should enrol for each department’."
- "In this absence, the authority that comes to adjudicate is that of pure arbitrage or risk-free returns of speculative investment."
- "It is exactly the refusal of students to think of themselves as a ‘little finance capitalist’ which explains the fury of those such as the Minister of Tertiary Education at students making what appear to him as irrational choices about what to study, and why he would later commission a report documenting exactly how much graduates with particular degrees stand to earn."
- "Financialisation of the senses involves coding social situations in terms of the categories of finance."
- "Thus the constant irruption of what Stefano Harney and Fred Moten call the undercommons of the university."
- "It is also the reason for the void that has been opened up at the heart of the university and for the international student movements that have exploded, wave after wave, throughout the world in response to the logic often described as austerity or alternatively as good governance in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008."
- "The impact of the logic of finance in the university is far from complete, and the undercommons still live on."
- "These come to be determined not by their contribution to reason, justice or well-being, which are dismissed by the logic of finance as abstract and pointless if not self-serving and meaningless jargon."