Gerry Canavan

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‘Adjunct as Sharecropper’

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I fantasize about academic sharecroppers organizing with contingent workers across industries, a category (taxi drivers, seasonal workers in agriculture and tourism, truckers, office temps, construction temps…) that has exploded over the last twenty years. Together their power would overturn cities.

But for that to happen, academic sharecroppers will have to tear their allegiance from the people who love what they love, that is, they will need to understand that my job is funded by their oppression, that there are more of them than there are of me, that they are the shaky foundation on which people like me totteringly stand. There are more and more of them and fewer and fewer of me.

I’m not in love with the metaphor, but the piece as a whole captures the systemic employment crisis in higher education quite nicely.

Written by gerrycanavan

July 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm

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