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Title: The Tertiary Turn: Locating "The Academy" in Autobiographical Accounts of Activism in Manchester, UK and Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Author(s): Kyle, Richard G
Milligan, Christine
Kearns, Robin
Larner, Wendy
Fyfe, Nicholas R
Bondi, Liz
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Keywords: Third Sector
Voluntarism Great Britain
Psychiatry Research
Voluntarism New Zeland
Narration (Rhetoric)
Issue Date: Sep-2011
Date Deposited: 26-May-2011
Citation: Kyle RG, Milligan C, Kearns R, Larner W, Fyfe NR & Bondi L (2011) The Tertiary Turn: Locating "The Academy" in Autobiographical Accounts of Activism in Manchester, UK and Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. Antipode, 43 (4), pp. 1181-1214.
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.
DOI Link: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2010.00820.x
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