, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 389-416
Date: 02 Nov 2007

Degrees of influence: the politics of honorary degrees in the universities of oxford and cambridge, 1900–2000

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Abstract

The universities of Oxford and Cambridge had developed different attitudes towards the award of honorary degrees through the early and middle decades of the twentieth century. Recently, both have adopted a similar cautious and apolitical stance. This essay describes the role of honorary degrees in the production and reproduction of their cultural and intellectual authority of these two ancient universities.

An erratum to this article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11024-008-9088-9