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ACADEMIC SELF: AN OWNER'S MANUAL Paperback – September 1, 2002
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He asks broadly, "Why are we drawn to this profession and what do we expect from it?" are questions too infrequently asked of ourselves, students, and each other. Furthermore, he comes from the cultural studies tradition, where scholars refer to "reflexivity"--our "reflection upon the nature of reflection itself." Hall says "a `meta'-reflective move... has enormous transformative potential, if we recognize our own limitations and our need for the perspectives and commentary of others." Further, "self-aware reflexivity" requires that we "reflect critically upon self-reflexivity" itself. Doing so, we do not simply criticize problems from outside but question our own complicity in creating problems in the first place. Then we actively suggest solutions and alternatives, all the more responsibly.
Acknowledging the tension we're in, Hall observes, "We academics are fully subject to broad social and paradigmatic changes, even as we act often as very adept commentators upon those changes.Read more ›
The introduction is the worst part in this respect. If I wasn't given this book by someone who expected me to read it, I would have stopped right there. However, "The Academic Self" does oscillate between addressing Hall's fairly limited core audience and providing useful advice to a broader range of scholars, both at an abstract level and in terms of nuts-and-bolts, plan-out-your-day suggestions.
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This book is an interesting primer for anyone who might want to pursue a career in academia and perhaps best serves as a warning that a different career path might be best. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Cat
Good book with good suggestions, but the first part read like a literature review - so it was a bit slow. But overall, good ideas for new professionals.Published on July 21, 2013 by A&W3