The Use-Value of Critique
Goldie Osuri* and Jon Stratton**
*Macquarie University **Curtin University
Bob Dylan’s time-worn lyric—‘the times they are a-changing’—is resonant for scholars. We are told that we live in a time of complexity, when the rhetoric linked to this idea is being used as a foundation for raising spectres of changing research and teaching environments within the Humanities, as we know it, in university circuits across different parts of the world. In this era, the question of critique is being raised precisely as somewhat old hat (Ang 2011). Is the exchange-value of critique declining in a time when neoliberal processes are reshaping the university environment? What is the use-value of critique? The editors of this issue argue that the project of critique remains valuable precisely because of its enablement of scholarly work which attends to those constitutive powers that shape the problems, simple or complex, of the world we live in. This value is demonstrated by the five critical essays published in this issue of borderlands.
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