Academia, the G8 and other misfortunes: notes on two journeys

Steffen Böhm (Department of Accounting, Finance and Management, University of Essex, Colchester, UK)
George Cairns (Department of Accounting, Finance and Management, University of Essex, Colchester, UK)

critical perspectives on international business

ISSN: 1742-2043

Publication date: 1 December 2005

Abstract

Purpose

Aims to discuss the relationship between the recent G8 summit of 2005, held at Gleneagles, Scotland, and events occurring around the same time in the world of academe and in the global media.

Design/methodology/approach

Draws upon personal experience and interpretation in order to raise issues for critical discussion and reflection, in relation to the impact and effectiveness of resistance movements within academe, activist counter‐movements, and in society at large.

Findings

It is argued that high‐profile media presentations of “big wins” and of major change to “first world” policy in relation to “third world” poverty and development mask a situation of no real change to structural factors of global economics and political power, and that this is an area which should be addressed by the academic community.

Originality/value

Discusses issues of contemporary relevance, and seeks to stimulate further debate and discourse in the academic arena.

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Citation

Böhm, S. and Cairns, G. (2005), "Academia, the G8 and other misfortunes: notes on two journeys", critical perspectives on international business, Vol. 1 No. 4, pp. 277-284. https://doi.org/10.1108/17422040510629746

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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