The tertiary turn: locating “the academy” in autobiographical accounts of activism in Manchester, UK and Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

Richard G. Kyle, Christine Milligan, Robin A. Kearns, Wendy Larner, Nicholas R. Fyfe, Liz Bondi

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    Abstract

    Activists often strategically negotiate sectoral boundaries by switching between public, private and voluntary sectors over the life course in order to pursue their aims. This paper draws on a cross-national study that explored the extent of this inter-sectoral movement and the specific “career pathways” activists developed in relation to governmental, private and voluntary/community sector organisations. Using an analysis of 46 biographical narratives gathered from activists in Manchester, UK and Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand during 2007 we situate “the academy” in these life stories of activism. Teasing out from these accounts the motivations behind a turn towards tertiary education at particular moments we examine how “academia” supports and sustains individual activists while legitimising and professionalising their activism. In so doing, we track the tactical transfer of knowledge, skills and expertise effected by contact with “the academy” to make substantive and conceptual claims around the future role universities might play in the knowledge economy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1181-1214
    Number of pages34
    JournalAntipode
    Volume43
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

    Keywords

    • Voluntary sector
    • Activism
    • Academia
    • Autobiography
    • Manchester (UK)
    • Auckland (Aotearoa New Zealand)

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