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The Tertiary Turn: locating ‘the academy’ in autobiographical accounts of activism in Manchester, UK and Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

Kyle, Richard and Milligan, Christine and Bondi, Liz and Fyfe, Nicholas and Kearns, Robin and Larner, Wendy (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. ISSN 0066-4812

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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.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Antipode
Uncontrolled Keywords: voluntary sector ; activism ; academia ; autobiography ; Manchester (UK) ; Auckland (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 56357
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2012 11:33
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 16:00
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/56357

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