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Campus Protest

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Following the development of campus protest from the 1990s until today in Kyoto, this chapter attempts to shed light on the following questions: How have campus-based activists responded to the neoliberalisation of Japanese universities? What is it that motivates them to use direct action and how are these activities related to space? Campus activism today is not just a student movement and also not just a movement among employees. Behind its emergence lie social processes that are increasingly transforming both students and employees into a condition of "freeter"-likeness. The precarious situation of students today has often been pointed out. Sabu Kohso states that the majority of universities are no longer institutions for producing middle-class, white-collar workers, to say nothing of Japan's future elites, but temporary camps for chronically jobless youth.

Keywords: campus protest; Japanese universities; Sabu Kohso; student movement; university employees



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