Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary for Higher Education

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Taylor & Francis, Feb 17, 1999 - Art - 336 pages
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Know what academic freedom is? Or what it's come to mean? What's affirmative about affirmative action these days? Think you're up on the problem of sexual harassment on campus? Or know how much the university depends on part-time faculty?

Academic Keywords is a witty, informed, and sometimes merciless assessment of today's campus, an increasingly corporatized institution that may have bitten off more than its administration is ready to chew. Cary Nelson and Steve Watt use the format of a dictionary to present stories and reflections on some of the most pressing issues affecting higher education in America. From the haphazard treatment of graduate students to the use and abuse of faculty (as well as abuses commited by faculty), Nelson and Watt present a compelling and, at times, enraging report on the state of the campus.

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User Review  - TimothyBurke - LibraryThing

I had high hopes for this book, but the basic problem is that it needed a much more wicked sense of humor combined with a much less dogmatic point-of-view. Nelson is using this approach to flog some ... Read full review

Academic keywords: a devil's dictionary for higher education

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How would you define academic freedom? Do you know the true meaning of faculty or sexual harassment? These are three of 47 words and phrases explained in this unusual work. Nelson (English, Univ. of ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

of the landmark reader, Cultural Studies, (1992) as well as Higher Education Under Fire (1994) and Disciplinarity and Dissent in Cultural Studies (1996), all published by Routledge. Stephen Watt is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Indiana University.

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