Acceleration in the Academic Life-World
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When diagnosing the social experience of acceleration, Rosa and Scheuerman (2009: 5) imply that increasing pressure to accelerate is gradually dismantling the subjective life-world. As we saw earlier, this may have detrimental consequences for the temporal autonomy of both individuals and institutions. However, one of the questions I will explore in this — interview-led — chapter is whether this is true of academics. Hence, this chapter will investigate whether academics are chronically busy, and suffering psychologically and professionally from time-pressure. I conducted twenty interviews (a list of participants can be found in Appendix 1) which confirmed that — in accordance with existing research in this area — academics do not have as much time as they require for pursuing work-related duties and self-driven research activities. The interviews re-establish that the ideologies discussed in the previous chapters actually do structure institutional configurations and that the contemporary university in the UK ‘manifests itself … in the permanent acceleration in its regime of time’ (Lorenz 2012: 606). My findings, however, differ in two significant respects from existing analyses that have explored the lived experience of the increased tempo of academic life.
KeywordsSenior Lecturer Academic Life Academic Capitalism Senior Scholar Temporal Resource
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