The Graduate Grind: A Critical Look at Graduate Education

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Taylor & Francis, 2000 - Education - 173 pages
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The Graduate Grind looks closely at the culture of graduate school in an effort to uncover why graduate students routinely experience extreme depression, illness, divorce and sometimes even suicide and murder. What elements provoke the sense of powerlessness and hopelessness that produces such extreme reactions in students? Unlike others who consider student suffering and failure an integral part of a system based appropriately on survival of the fittest, Hinchey and Kimmel argue instead that too much student suffering comes from rampant and sanctioned abuse of power. Examining common assumptions and routines through the lens of critical theory, the authors question several aspects of graduate education, including the conception of graduate students as institutional capital; institutionalized prejudice based on age, gender, sexual orientation, race and class; and competing power and value systems. Throughout the book, the authors allow students to tell their own stories, putting a human face on the results of abuses generated by unchecked power and privilege.
 

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Contents

Problems and Perspectives
1
Constructed
25
The Minefield
45
The Other as Graduate
63
Faculty as Demigods
89
Voices of the Oppressed
109
How Might Things Be Otherwise?
135
References
165
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Patricia H. Hinchey is Professor of Education at Penn State and a Research Fellow at the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She holds a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has authored numerous articles as well as several books on topics including critical theory, education for civic engagement, action research, and teacher assessment. Dr. Hinchey is also former director of a professional development unit for faculty on Penn State's regional campuses.