Professors: between discomfort and fight

The crisis of capitalist accumulation has brought changes in the world of work that have also affected the working conditions of professors. In a world increasingly complex and competitive, universities are traversed by multiple and conflicting demands that have impacts on their workers' health. This paper analyzes the phenomena of precarious work in the teaching profession and its implications for the physical and mental health of university employees. It reviews recent research on the burnout syndrome and similar sufferings in Mexico to reflect on the limits and possibilities of emancipatory political action by education workers.

Teaching discomfort; Burnout; Precarious work; University unionism


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