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Contemporary Research and the Ambiguity of Critique

Author(s): Margaret Thornton

Within the marketised context of higher education, research is valued less for its contribution to scholarship than for its income-generating capacity and value to end users. Commodification has significant ramifications for academic freedom as can be seen by the example of research consultancies. Academic freedom is also being affected by the direct interference of neoliberal governments in research policy. While terror censorship is a dramatic manifestation of interference, critical research is also affected by the everyday practices of the contemporary academy. All these factors contribute to the production of de-politicised knowledge.

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Research theme: Human Rights Law and Policy, Law and Gender, Legal Education, The Legal Profession

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