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What’s love got to do with it? Precarious academic labour forces and the role of passion in Italian universities
Busso, Sandro; Rivetti, Paola
This article examines the role of passion among precarious labour force in the Italian academia. By relying on C. Wright Mill’s distinction between “passion as a reason” of action and “passion as a motive” to represent and discuss one’s employment condition, the article concludes that the symbolic strength of passion is correlated to its applicability both as a tool to govern recruitment in neo-liberal academia and as a strategy to fit recruitment criteria and “become employable”. The article is based on more than four-year long documentation and participant observation in political initiatives and campaigns organised by precarious, non-tenured research staff in Italian universities.
Keyword(s): Public administration; Precariousness; University; Research; Labour; neo­liberalism, academia; passion
Publication Date:
2014
Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Busso, Sandro ORCID: 0000-0003-2739-4559 <https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2739-4559> and Rivetti, Paola (2014) What’s love got to do with it? Precarious academic labour forces and the role of passion in Italian universities. Recherches sociologiques et anthropologiques, 45 (2). pp. 15-37. ISSN 1782-1592
Publisher(s): Universite Catholique de Louvain * Recherches Sociologiques
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://doras.dcu.ie/23159/1/What_s_Love_Got_to_Do_with_it_Precarious.pdf,
https://doi.org/10.4000/rsa.1243
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