18 April

Tied Knowledge: Power in Higher Education

Tied Knowledge is a book designed to provide a practical conceptual framework for understanding the dynamics of higher education. Using examples primarily from Australia, Britain and the United States, it examines power structures both outside and inside academia and how they interact and shape knowledge. These structures include hierarchy, disciplines, patriarchy, the state, capitalism and professions. Academia as a system of power itself both resists and accommodates these other power systems. The key resource used by the academics to promote their interests is the power to create and legitimate knowledge. By its form and content, this knowledge is tied to both the interests of academics and to those of powerful groups in society.

The book is neither pro nor anti-academia. Instead, it focusses on the structural factors shaping academic behaviour so that initiatives can strengthen and broaden the positive features of academia while trying to overcome the negative features. A key portion of the book is an examination and assessment of the main strategies that have been used to reform or challenge the nature and uses of academic power.

HTML: http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin/pubs/98tk/index.html

Full book in pdf: http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin/pubs/98tk/tiedknowledge.pdf
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05 November

Cultural Software - Balkin

Cultural Software: A theory of ideology

A Theory of Ideology
J.M. Balkin

Yale University Press
New Haven & London

Copyright © 1998 by Yale University. All rights reserved.

Online version

With the permission of Yale University Press, the author has made an online version of this book available under a Creative Commons Noncommercial Sharealike (by nc sa) license, accessible at the authorís website at http://www.balkin.com.

Online: http://www.culturalsoftware.com/

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A companion to digital humanities

A Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.

Online: http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companion/
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The Future does not compute

The Future does not compute

by Stephen Talbott

THE FUTURE DOES NOT COMPUTE--Transcending the Machines in Our Midst,
by Stephen L. Talbott (Sebastopol CA: O'Reilly & Associates, 1995).
Hardcover, 502 pages, $22.95. ISBN: 1-56592-085-6.

Online Version: http://netfuture.org/fdnc/index.html
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Educating the Net Generation

Educating the Net Generation

by Diana and James Oblinger, 2005, EDUCAUSE


Link to pdf version: http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/pub7101.pdf
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Free Culture: Big Media

Free Culture: How Big Media uses Technology and the Law to lock down culture and control creativity.

By Lawrence Lessig, 2004 Penquin Press

Online at: http://www.free-culture.cc/freeculture.pdf
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The Virtual Community

The Virtual Community

by Howard Rheinhold

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Trapped in the Net: The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization

Trapped in the Net: The Unanticipated Consequences of Computerization

by Gene I. Rochlin, 1997, Princeton University Press

Full text online:

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