Say it with me: “Deliberate. Restructuring. Of demand.”

13 01 2012

While I still maintain a sympathy with both sides of the Grafton/Lemisch debate, it’s quite clear from the tape above that Jesse understands the problem better than most people do. There is no job crisis. There has been a deliberate restructuring of demand by people who want you to believe that the dearth of tenure-track jobs in history is a given, kind of like cold weather in Chicago in January.



5 responses

17 01 2012
“1, 2, 3, 4…Can I have a little more?” « More or Less Bunk

[…] deliberate restructuring of demand has eliminated that possibility. Second is transparency. Everyone sees the quantity and the quality […]

11 02 2012
Your scholarship won’t pay their bills. « More or Less Bunk

[…] my Twitter feed, this appears to be the blog post of the weekend. It describes a question from the Grafton-Lemisch jobs for historians session at last month’s AHA: The very first question from the floor came from a historian who was […]

14 02 2012
“Na, na, na, I can’t hear you.”: History job market edition. « More or Less Bunk

[…] the difficulty of recent Ph.D.s finding tenure track jobs is a reflection of a deliberate restructuring of demand, then the placement of those Ph.D.s has nothing to do with the worth of that education. The […]

8 05 2012
The labor market for humanities Ph.D.s stinks and other economic facts that should be obvious to everyone. « More or Less Bunk

[…] of Ph.Ds? Check. Deliberate restructuring of demand? Check. Did I mention the probability of tens of thousands in student loan debt that can’t be […]

3 08 2012
So you think it’s hard to find a tenure track job now? « More or Less Bunk

[…] or tenure track: we are all in the same boat. This whole MOOC thing is just more of the same deliberate restructuring of demand in order to decrease labor and facilities cost. At least I have the option of riding out the […]

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