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Instead of a Defence

Thoughts on the Humanities at Home and Abroad

Peter Vale

The place and future of the Humanities is under scrutiny in many parts of the world. The diminution in the university commenced in the 1980s with the rise of free-market thinking associated with Thatcher and Reagan. It was the end of the Cold War, however, with the rise of globalisation that control was tightened in higher education under the guise of increased freedom. The increasing emphasis on utilitarian forms of knowledge needed for economic growth further imperilled the Humanities. In South Africa, upon which the argument draws for illustration, policy-makers paid increasing lip service to academic freedom and institutional autonomy while directing policy interest and resources away from the Humanities.

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Safe milk and risky quinoa

The lottery and precarity of farming in Peru

Astrid B. Stensrud

, John . 2002 . “ The impact of neo-liberal economics on Peruvian peasant agriculture in the 1990s .” Journal of Peasant Studies 29 ( 3-4 ): 131 – 161 . 10.1080/03066150412331311049 Gelles , Paul H. 2000 . Water and power in highland Peru: The