Thursday, July 03, 2008

A tale of two generations?

An interesting article, although to attribute changes such as these to the "generation gap" obscures more than it illuminates. The unwillingness of many left-leaning academics to follow through on the political implications of their work is probably due in large part to some combination of the slack academic labor market and the general lack of opportunities for left intellectual production outside of academia that could relieve the pressure for left-leaning researchers to discipline themselves according to the demands of the market (think of the role of think tanks in fostering rightwing intellectual production). Of course, what the market demands (for the social sciences, a generally positivist orientation) should also be confronted head on, and is certainly related to broader ideological trends that can't be reduced to institutional dynamics alone.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hyde Park in the spotlight

I missed this last week, but here it is now.