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The Imperial UniversityAcademic Repression and Scholarly Dissent$
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Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680894

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680894.001.0001

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Challenging Complicity

Challenging Complicity

The Neoliberal University and the Prison-Industrial Complex

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The Imperial University

Julia C. Oparah

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter provides an analysis of the relationship between the academy and U.S. imperialism, which benefits from an examination of new regimes of mass incarceration and their imbrication within the fabric of institutions of higher education. It argues that a symbiotic relationship developed between the academy and the “prison-industrial complex”—a conglomeration of state surveillance and punishment machinery—and corporate profit making. This has emerged as a response to the rising numbers of “refugees” displaced by and troubling to global economic and political elites. The chapter also identifies four ways that carceral dependency ties the university to the political economy of prisons. Additionally, it explores what it would mean to work toward the abolition of the academic-military-prison-industrial complex.

Keywords:   academy, U.S. imperialism, higher education, prison-industrial complex, university, political economy

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