244pp., paperback, Cape Town, 2021
"Arguably South Africa's most perceptive cultural studies scholar, Keyan Tomaselli takes the reader on a decidedly uncomfortable, insightful, and entertaining ride through the managerial university to show us, barefaced, what we have become ... In the mindless pursuit of efficiency, productivity, and measurement, we have lost sight of the broader purposes of education and the intrinsic value of academic work ... Tomaselli has produced one of the best available satires of academic life.” Jonathan Jansen, President, Academy of Science of South Africa
"Tomaselli looks critically, and at times humourously, at the many forces that come to bear on our higher education system today, not just in South Africa, but also the world over. He reminds us that there are many academic principles that are still important - that we need to give even more attention to - as we contemplate change, lest a university cease to be a university." Nithaya Chetty, University of the Witwatersrand
Keyan Tomaselli is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Johannesburg, and Professor Emeritus and UKZN Fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.