Academic Career-Making in the Era of Globalizing Knowledge and a Globalized Knowledge Enterprise: Demands on Individuals and Constraints over Individuality

Victor N. Shaw


Academic career-making in the era of globalizing knowledge and a globalized knowledge enterprise is not only an individual undertaking but also a social process. It impacts individual academicians as they meet requirements, secure resources, find opportunities, follow procedures, and build structures to make their careers. It has consequences for society as it establishes institutions, opens markets, provides media, creates values, and enforces rules to connect individual academicians and their products to the larger social system. This paper explores academic careers, and career-making as knowledge and the knowledge enterprise become globally hegemonic. Specifically, it examines how academic career-making makes demands on individuals in the form of brainwashing, emotion rechanneling, life-simplifying, and social isolation. It also investigates how academic careers place constraints over individuality by way of socialization, massing, fashion, and lifestyle. 

Received 16th October2018; Revised 10th April 2019; Accepted 20th April 2019


Academic Careers; Career-making; Individuality; Institutional Demands; Knowledge Enterprise


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