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The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University (Issues of Our Time)

 
 
 
 
The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University (Issues of Our Time)
Author: Louis Menand
ISBN 13: 9780393339161
ISBN 10: 393339165
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2010-12-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $16.95
 
 

"Crisp and illuminating . . . well worth reading."—Wall Street Journal

Library Journal

Like Charles Muscatine's Fixing College Education, below, this work examines issues related to the curriculum and the approach of the faculty; unlike Muscatine, Menand (English, Harvard; staff writer, The New Yorker) focuses on selective colleges and universities and especially on the humanities, explaining the importance of general education for all undergraduates, even though they may be more interested in career preparation than ideas. He links the difficulties for universities in promoting general education to tensions in academic careers emerging from faculty selection and training, uncertainties about disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks, and the strong frustrations in current academic career patterns. Menand puts these issues in a historical perspective in a thoughtful and graceful style but offers little hope that the structure of academic knowledge production and dissemination will support reforms. VERDICT An important, if traditional, view on the content of higher education. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 4/1/09.]