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From Plantation to Corporation: The Attack on Tenure and Academic Freedom in Florida

Charles L. Elkins
Sociological Perspectives
Vol. 41, No. 4, The Academy under Siege (1998), pp. 757-765
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.2307/1389667
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1389667
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Abstract

Florida's recent history as well as current trends within the state reveal a failure to protect academic freedom and an aggressive attack on the tradition of academic tenure. From the mid-nineteen fifties to the mid-nineteen sixties, the notorious "Johns Committee" sought to discover any communists, "godless" faculty or homosexuals in Florida's universities. Acting as investigator, prosecutor and judge, the Committee forced the departure of untold numbers of faculty and students. Today, the undermining of tenure and academic freedom is more subtle. Under the rubric of such terms as "productivity," efficiency," "the market," and "flexibility," powerful political and business interests have declared war on tenure in Florida. /// [Spanish] La historia reciente de Florida así como las tendencias actuales dentro del estado revelan el fracaso para proteger la libertad académica y un agresivo ataque a la tradición de la tenencia de la base académica. Desde a mediados de las décadas de 1950 y 1960, el bien conocido "Johns Committee" creyó descubrir algunas comunidades, una facultad sin Dios ("godless" faculty) u homosexuales en las universidades de Florida. Actuando como investigador, juez y jurado, el Comité forzó la salida de un número incalculabe del profesorado y de estudiantes. Hoy día, es más imperceptible la minada tenencia de la base académica y la libertad académica. Bajo la rúbrica de términos como "productividad" y "eficiencia," "el mercado" y "la flexibilidad," las fuerzas políticas y los intereses comerciales han declarado una guerra a la tenencia de la base académica en Florida. /// [Chinese] (Unicode for Chinese abstract). /// [Japanese] (Unicode for Japanese abstract).

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