What is Scholarship for?
What is it about?
Academic life has changed-- it is more invasive of the rest of the world, and more competitive, as well as being increasingly trivial. Trivialization and professionalization went hand in hand. So what happened in the hundred years since the classic texts by Weber and Veblen on the subject? This paper gives an account of what changed and why, and why this is a bad ending.
Why is it important?
Everyone, except for administrators and winners in the grant lottery and perhaps a few teaching oriented lecturers, feels the agony and misery of current academic life. Few senior people would choose to do it again. Yet people want in, more than ever, despite the fact that there are few jobs and conditions for most people are appalling.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Stephen P Turner