A punitive university takes pride in turning learning opportunities into punishments for its students, faculty and staff. Public safety is highly visible throughout the campuses’ green space. Any deviation from normalcy is punished. Not only are very public spaces, such as the classrooms, lounges, and departmental offices policed, but so is the concept of knowledge. Knowledge produced by local groups, street-scholars and quotidian intellectuals hold little significance within the campuses’ learning communities. Individuals that speak truth to power or the people are automatically met with resistance. Groups learn how to just “fit in” without instruction on how to analyze, critique, or change the system.
Newly emerging ethnic and LGTBQ+ studies are automatically placed within more traditional anthropology or sociology departments. Individuals rarely ever question this placement; in fact it seems completely logical due an unquestioned hierarchy amongst the academic fields. Whenever questioned, a litany of labor and budget restraints are spit fired, like a machine gun by divisional deans & department chairs to reinforce austerity norms. These newly forming academic programs aren’t able to remain connected to their communities of origin while developing into well regarding fields. Finally, they’ve grown so far apart that the people can no longer access nor understand the jargon found in its academic journals.