Academic freedom as experience, relation and capability: A view from Hong Kong

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Abstract

Jackson offers a personal account of how academic freedom relates not only to rights to free speech, but also to one's experiences, relations, and capabilities. Drawing on her experiences of working in various higher education settings, Jackson contrasts how academic freedom is constructed within the Western liberal philosophy, focusing particularly on the work of Kant; relational perspectives, as found in existentialism and in sociological views of knowledge production, and the capabilities approach. She examines the insights and implications of each of these views in relation to research on academic freedom in China and the United States, as well as in connection to her own experience, in the United States (her home country) and Hong Kong. The chapter argues that academic freedom relates to experience, relation, and capability in a way that is non-generalisable, and is more precarious and complex than often assumed. Copyright © 2022 The Editors and Contributors Severally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on academic freedom
EditorsRichard WATERMEYER, Rille RAAPER, Mark OLSSEN
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Limited
Pages226-242
ISBN (Electronic)9781788975919
ISBN (Print)9781788975902, 1788975901
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Citation

Jackson, L. (2022). Academic freedom as experience, relation and capability: A view from Hong Kong. In R. Watermeyer, R. Raaper, & M. Olssen (Eds.), Handbook on academic freedom (pp. 226-242). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.

Keywords

  • Hong Kong
  • Free speech
  • Experiences (in higher education)
  • Relational perspectives
  • Capabilities approach
  • Immanuel Kant
  • China
  • United States

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