The Slow University: Inequality, Power and Alternatives

  • Luke Martell University of Sussex
Keywords: slow, employment, capitalism, inequality, ownership, higher education, work


The slow university is said to be an alternative to the fast one. But what is behind speed at universities? In this article I argue that it is important not to fetishise speed or slowness and see them as autonomous processes, or the cause of their effects themselves. This distracts from where they come from. Instead we need to look for the economic and social processes behind speed and slowness. And what is slow about the slow university? We also need to ask if slow is what slow is really all about. This affects what solutions we look for to the problems that slow identifies.



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Author Biography

Luke Martell, University of Sussex

Luke MARTELL is professor of political sociology at the University of Sussex, UK. He is author of "The Sociology of Globalization" (Polity Press, 2010) and is writing about alternative societies.

How to Cite
Martell, L. (2014). The Slow University: Inequality, Power and Alternatives. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(3).
The Slow University