William Clare Roberts

teaches political theory at McGill University.

What Can Quebec Teach Us? A Preliminary Analysis of the University as a Site of Struggle

What Can Quebec Teach Us? A Preliminary Analysis of the University as a Site of Struggle

Though the basic course of events in Que­bec over the past sev­eral months has been widely reported, I want to address two ques­tions that might be of greater inter­est to those strug­gling in and around uni­ver­si­ties else­where. First, I want to look at how the Que­bec stu­dent strike artic­u­lates, on the one hand, the con­flict and inter­play between the social­ist aspi­ra­tions and cor­po­ratist real­i­ties of a pub­lic uni­ver­sity sys­tem, and on the other, the pres­sures put on that sys­tem by the dreams of dol­lar bills float­ing through the heads of admin­is­tra­tors and the “aus­ter­ian” belt-tightening of gov­ern­ments. Sec­ond, I want to ask, very briefly, whether this analy­sis has any trac­tion out­side of Quebec.