realities of university and academia

Back in May I in here summed up a part of the situation at my institute, especially describing the situation of the Lehrbeauftragte. Today I read oneman’s “Living and Teaching in the Information Economy” which perfectly complements my experiences and observations. See also “The “Informal Economy” of the Information University” by Marc Bousquet, to which oneman refers. Well, I do neither adjunct nor part-time labor at the university, as the Lehrbeauftragte do, but am a Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, the German equivalent to an assistant professor struggling for tenure. So my situation is decidedly different, but … please read Thomas Eriksen’s tremendously insightful “Farewell to the gift economy?”.