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Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class

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An essential American dream--equal access to higher education--was becoming a reality with the GI Bill and civil rights movements after World War II. But this vital American promise has been broken. Christopher Newfield argues that the financial and political crises of public universities are not the result of economic downturns or of ultimately valuable restructuring, but of a conservative campaign to end public education's democratizing influence on American society. Unmaking the Public University is the story of how conservatives have maligned and restructured public universities, deceiving the public to serve their own ends. It is a deep and revealing analysis that is long overdue.

Newfield carefully describes how this campaign operated, using extensive research into public university archives. He launches the story with the expansive vision of an equitable and creative America that emerged from the post-war boom in college access, and traces the gradual emergence of the anti-egalitarian "corporate university," practices that ranged from racial policies to research budgeting. Newfield shows that the culture wars have actually been an economic war that a conservative coalition in business, government, and academia have waged on that economically necessary but often independent group, the college-educated middle class. Newfield's research exposes the crucial fact that the culture wars have functioned as a kind of neutron bomb, one that pulverizes the social and culture claims of college grads while leaving their technical expertise untouched. Unmaking the Public University incisively sets the record straight, describing a forty-year economic war waged on the college-educated public, and awakening us to a vision of social development shared by scientists and humanists alike.

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Unmaking the Public University is the story of how conservatives have maligned and restructured public universities in a campaign to end public education's democratizing influence on American society.

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Gold Winner, 2008 ForeWord Book of the Year, Education Category

About the Author

<>Christopher Newfieldis Professor of <>English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • I. The Meaning of a Majoritarian Society
    • 1. The Three Crises and the Mass Middle Class
    • 2. Declarations of Independence
  • II. The War on Equality
    • 3. The Discrediting of Social Equality
    • 4. The Market Substitute for Cultural Knowledge
    • 5. From Affirmative Action to the New Economy
    • 6. The Battle for Meritocracy
    • 7. Diversity in the The Age of Pseudointegration
  • III. Market Substitutes for General Development
    • 8. Facing the Knowledge Managers
    • 9. English’s Market Retreat
    • 10. The Costs of Accounting
    • 11. The Problem with Privatization
    • 12. The Failure of Market Measures
    • 13. Hiding the Cultural Contribution
    • 14. The Half-Suffocation of University Reform
  • IV. The University and Its Enemies
    • 15. The Blame-Academia Crowd: Culture War after 9/11
  • Conclusion: Powers of the One Hundred Percent
  • Appendix: Flaws of the “Liberal Bias” Campaign
  • Notes
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674060364
Author:
Newfield, Christopher
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Education-Higher Education
Subject:
Social Science-Social Classes
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies/Conservatism & Liberalism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080530
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 line illustrations, 10 tables
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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