Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century: How Terrorism, Governments, and Culture Wars Impact Free Speech

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Stanford University Press, 2006 - Law - 241 pages
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This volume explores the state of academic freedom in the United States and abroad. What impact have the attacks of September 11th and the ensuing war on terrorism had on free speech, access to information, government funding of the sciences, and other cornerstones of freedom of inquiry at American universities? How has the renewed emphasis on patriotism affected the "culture wars" that aroused so much controversy on American campuses? And how does academic freedom in the United States compare to that of other nations?

To engage these crucial questions, the editors have assembled some of the nation's leading experts on academic freedom, from a broad range of disciplines including law, political science, and the history of science.
 

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Contents

The Reemergence of the Academic Freedom Debate
3
Three Conceptions of Academic Freedom
17
Political Mobilization and Resistance to Censorship
61
Lessons from the Past for
79
Right or Privilege?
115
Academic Freedom
130
Two Theories of SelfCensorship
157
A Brief Survey of Potential Threats
175
Notes
187
Bibliography
215
Contributors
231
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Evan Gerstmann is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University. Matthew J. Streb is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University.

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