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Academic Barbarism, Universities and Inequality

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Part of the book series: Palgrave Critical University Studies (PCU)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    • Michael O’Sullivan
    Pages 1-12
  3. Academic Barbarism: Practice and Transmission

    • Michael O’Sullivan
    Pages 13-30
  4. Academic Barbarism, Universities, and Inequality

    • Michael O’Sullivan
    Pages 31-67
  5. Academic Barbarism and the Asian University: The Case of Hong Kong

    • Michael O’Sullivan, Michael Yat-him Tsang
    Pages 120-142
  6. Notes towards an Educational Transformation

    • Michael O’Sullivan
    Pages 143-146
  7. Back Matter

    Pages 147-175

About this book

The image of the university is tarnished: economists argue that modern universities foster 'meritocratic extremism'; educationalists say they perpetuate inequality; novelists describe for us the 'barbaric rituals' of academics and philosophers say universities are engaged in 'practices of barbarism'. This book examines how these aspects of the modern university have transformed its educational philosophy and modes of transmission to the extent that the university fosters a form of academic barbarism. New theories of barbarism have emerged alongside a philosophical discourse that is redefining identity in terms of the posthuman and the beastly. Our philosophers are attempting to rescue back what remains of the human as barbarism takes hold. This book examines how recent philosophies of education, new readings of the economics of the university, new technologies affecting research and access, and contemporary novelists' representations of university life are all describing a global university that has given up on its promise of greater educational equality.

Keywords

  • Universities
  • Inequality
  • Higher Education
  • Barbarism
  • Meritocracy
  • Academic
  • University
  • Roberto Bolaño
  • W. G. Sebald
  • education
  • higher education
  • transmission
  • university

Reviews

“O'Sullivan demonstrates that academic freedom has little meaning if grossly unequal systems dictate  who enters and who is barred from the academy. This is a fierce, and timely, defence of the continuing relevance of the idea of the modern university. Despite daunting changes to the global landscape, O'Sullivan reminds us that universities are still only worth the name if they are productive of enlightenment.” (Graham Allen, University College Cork, Ireland)

Authors and Affiliations

  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    Michael O’Sullivan

About the author

Michael O'Sullivan is Associate Professor in English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has worked for universities in Ireland, the UK, the US, Japan and Hong Kong. He has published widely in education, literary studies and philosophy.

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Softcover Book
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