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Placing academic activism: Constraints and possibilties of <i>faculty work</i>


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

This study examines the nature of disciplinarity as the institutionalization of faculty work, utilizing academic activism as an entry point for analysis. Through a case study of 14 faculty participants that merges in-depth ethnographic interviews and historical document analysis, this study interrogates the intersection of faculty daily practices and larger social structures. In such intersections, social space and material place are identified; the ways physical environments are shaped and have a hand in shaping individual interpretations of the world are suggested. Data analysis overlaid thematic examinations of participant interviews and historical documents with interpretations based on a framework of conceptual metaphor. Findings from this study confirm that professional identities are shaped through disciplinary processes that occur within social spaces and material places. Further, the data demonstrate how institutionalized places affect the kind of work faculty do on campus and in their professional fields, as well as their social relations among colleagues. Finally, while talking about both institutional space and activist possibilities, faculty described their work utilizing themes of connection, isolation, and integration, three themes that have implications on both social and material levels.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Higher education;
Educational theory
Classification
0745: Higher education
0998: Educational theory
Identifier / keyword
Education; Activism; Faculty; Place; Space; Work
Title
Placing academic activism: Constraints and possibilties of <i>faculty work</i>
Author
Kuntz, Aaron M.
Number of pages
216
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 68/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549379089
Advisor
Berger, Joseph B.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department
Education
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3293929
ProQuest document ID
304847347
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304847347
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