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    Reflections of an Irish Pracademic: Mixing Public Advocacy, Teaching and Research?

    Murphy, Mary P. (2015) Reflections of an Irish Pracademic: Mixing Public Advocacy, Teaching and Research? Studies in Social Justice, 9 (2). pp. 215-230. ISSN 1911-4788

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    This article reflects on the challenges of mixing public advocacy, teaching, and research in Irish third level education. It explores the concept of academic activism and introduces concepts of ‘public sociologist’ and ‘pracademic’ to contextualize my own academic trajectory and activism. Having reflected on general academic activism in the context of challenges facing Irish civil society, the focus then shifts to a personal case study. The conclusion addresses the ambiguities and tensions of pursuing a particular approach to academic life. The need for academic activism is intensifying in the context of the neoliberalization of Irish universities, a weakening civil society, and a more precarious academic life.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
    Keywords: academic activism; Ireland; civil society; managerialism; pracademic;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 9052
    Depositing User: Dr. Mary Murphy
    Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2017 15:48
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Social Justice
    Publisher: Brock University
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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