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Unmaking the Public University

The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class

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$26.00 • £20.95 • €23.50

ISBN 9780674060364

Publication Date: 04/30/2011


408 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

9 line illustrations, 10 tables


  • 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

Awards & Accolades

  • Gold Medal, 2008 ForeWord Book of the Year Award, Education Category
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