Academic domains as political battlegrounds: A global enquiry by 99 academics in the fields of education and technology

Al Lily, A, Foland, J, Stoloff, D and Jordan, K. et al, 2017, 'Academic domains as political battlegrounds: A global enquiry by 99 academics in the fields of education and technology', Information Development, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 270-288.


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Title Academic domains as political battlegrounds: A global enquiry by 99 academics in the fields of education and technology
Author(s) Al Lily, A
Foland, J
Stoloff, D
Jordan, K. et al,
Year 2017
Journal name Information Development
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Start page 270
End page 288
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage
Abstract This article theorizes the functional relationship between the human components (i.e., scholars) and non-human components (i.e., structural configurations) of academic domains. It is organized around the following question: in what ways have scholars formed and been formed by the structural configurations of their academic domain? The article uses as a case study the academic domain of education and technology to examine this question. Its authorship approach is innovative, with a worldwide collection of academics (99 authors) collaborating to address the proposed question based on their reflections on daily social and academic practices. This collaboration followed a three-round process of contributions via email. Analysis of these scholars' reflective accounts was carried out, and a theoretical proposition was established from this analysis. The proposition is of a mutual (yet not necessarily balanced) power (and therefore political) relationship between the human and non-human constituents of an academic realm, with the two shaping one another. One implication of this proposition is that these non-human elements exist as political 'actors', just like their human counterparts, having 'agency' - which they exercise over humans. This turns academic domains into political (functional or dysfunctional) 'battlefields' wherein both humans and non-humans engage in political activities and actions that form the identity of the academic domain.
Subject Higher Education
Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Keyword(s) academia
academic domain
crowd-authoring
education
organizational politics
power
technology
DOI - identifier 10.1177/0266666916646415
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2016.
ISSN 0266-6669
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