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The University as a site of militarised capitalism

27 November, 2012

Call to Arms: The University as a Site of Militarised Capitalism and a Site of Struggle

By Anna Stavrianakis.  2006

“Student protests around the UK against university involvement with arms companies raise the question of the role of the university in contemporary society. This article discusses Bristol University as an illustrative case, focusing on its relationship with arms capital through its pension schemes and the research it carries out for arms companies and the military. It then documents and analyses student resistance to this relationship on the basis of opposition to the corporatisation of higher education in general and the militarisation of science and engineering in particular. The article then discusses universities as sites of social struggle and outlines potential strategies for activist academic practice.”

Anna Stavrianakis was an active member of Bristol CAAT a number of years ago, she moved to lecture at Brighton University.

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