'I love my work but I hate my job' – early career academic perspective on academic times in Australia

Osbaldiston, Nick, Cannizo, Fabian, and Mauri, Christian (2019) 'I love my work but I hate my job' – early career academic perspective on academic times in Australia. Time and Society, 28 (2). pp. 743-762.

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There has been significant interest of late into how academics spend their time during both their working and personal lives. Inspired by research around academic lives, this paper explores the narratives of 25 early career academics in Australian institutions across the country. Like several others, we propose that one of the fundamental aspects of time in academia is that of labour spent doing formal, instrumental and bureaucratic tasks. This impinges on the other side of academic life, the writing, research, and discovery that bring subjective value to the academic. Using a Weberian framework however, we argue that there are two distinct rationalisations of these 'times' occurring. One is the formal, instrumentally imposed rationalisation of the university itself and the second is a more personally defined subjective rationalisation of research and writing. In terms of the latter, we argue that younger academics are not only seeing these times as important for their sense of self in the present, but also for their projected vision of what they will become later in their professional career.

Item ID: 46167
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1461-7463
Keywords: academic work; academic times; higher education; Weber; autonomy
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2016. Accepted Version: Under SAGE's Green Open Access policy, the Accepted Version of the article may be posted in the author's institutional repository and reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2016 01:06
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441005 Social theory @ 50%
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