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    academic patches

    "Conflicts beyond the campuses become transposed into tussles over defending or promoting academic patches."
    What means "patchs" here? [a text about american universities]

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    Re: academic patches

    I can think of four possible meanings in a context that general:

    • areas of work regarded with proprietary zeal by researchers ("That's my patch")
    • academic sessions in a largely non-academic programme
    • areas reserved for academic work in a largely non-academic environment
    • the leather patches often used by academics to repair or reinforce the elbows of their jackets

    Does any of those fit? I think the first is probably most likely, but they're all possible.


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