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tilmon 7th-Dec-2012 05:15 am (UTC)
I'm nodding my head in agreement with him. Poverty in academia is an especially nasty secret that has gotten worse because of the reliance on adjunct instructors whose untenured, unstable, poorly paid work barely covers necessities let alone research and conferences requisite for advancement, or the massive student loans acquired in order to be able to teach in the first place. I am speaking from personal experience in saying that you are better off taking a clerical position and just forgetting that you ever wrote a thesis or dissertation. The entire edifice of higher education, at least in the US, is founded on the lie of prosperity through educational attainment.

It isn't just in academia that people pretend that they aren't poor, either. We don't tell others how bad things are because we have already been conditioned to believe that we will be negatively judged if we reveal our economic straits. Unless you are eating nothing but rice broth and living in a box while simultaneously maintaining a middle class standard of hygiene and dress and able to be at work 15 minutes early and leave work at any time of the night without a car, you must be squandering your money. If you have a cell phone, you are profligate, but if you don't have a phone and can't be reached any time of the day or night, you are too irresponsible for employment. Almost all of us have absorbed the negative stereotypes so that now we keep quiet in order to not call extra attention to our problematic lives. Of course, what we need is exactly to call attention to our problematic lives, to force the well-off in the country to understand that, ever since the war on poverty was called off, poverty is winning.
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