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Teach for Food erases all such disciplinary distinctions. Only in a footnote does one find the information that striking TAs at Yale were from the humanities and the social sciences; not mentioned at all is the fact that each set of disciplines produces Ph.D.s for job markets whose robustness varies according to federal funding, ties with industry, and public perceptions of “practical value.” By treating disciplinary boundaries as social constructs and pretending that such differences do not have consequences in the real world, the book keeps intact its argument for academic unionism, which depends on a logic of lifeboat camaraderie. But insofar as collective action will include scientists, no essay addresses an audience of scientists and attends to problems particular to the natural sciences, where all’s not rosy eitherconsider, for example, the demise of funds for pure research. By not addressing these gaps, the humanists presume they share with their colleagues across the quad a sense of what’s right for Higher Ed, thereby risking the discovery that their brand of solidarity is neither wanted nor needed. But they’re right to show how academic unionism gets stymied by academics: they’re individualistic, loyal to disciplines rather than their institutions, disdainful of allying with cafeteria workers and secretaries, and perhaps most importantly, not given to seeing what they do as labor pure and simple, particularly in the corporate university. The isolation is retreating, however. After the recent tenure code battle at the University of Minnesota, some professors reported that they’ve discovered new strength working with their colleagues in other departments. In response to Senator Bill Ratliff s 1996 call for post-tenure review policies, some faculty senates of Texas universities, such as the University of Houston, developed researching and writing policies of their own, in order to ensure that their interests didn’t have to be negotiated tooth and nail into administrators’ proposals. GESO members, other graduate student groups around the country, and an increasing number of tenured faculty know that being in a union isn’t antithetical to being a scholar. Still, more widely shared is the view that individual performance at the podium, the library, and the lab bench is the sole determinant of whether or not you keep your job. Will Teach for Food is a book that every grad student, part-timer, and even full professor doesn’t want to read, but should. Urgent? Yes. Bleak? Surprisingly not. 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