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Academia's Indentured Servants

Most adjuncts teach at multiple universities while still not making enough to stay above the poverty line.

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We should not be surprised that it has come to this when 76 percent of faculty are treated as dispensable automatons. The contempt for adjuncts reflects a general contempt for learning. The promotion of information has replaced the pursuit of knowledge. But it is not enough to have information - we need insight and understanding, and above all, we need people who can communicate it to others. 

People who have the ability to do this are not dispensable. They should not see themselves this way, and they should not be treated this way. Fight for what you are worth, adjuncts. Success is solidarity.

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.

 

 

Sarah Kendzior is a writer and analyst who studies digital media and politics. She has a PhD in anthropology from Washington University.

 
 
 
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