Public Intellectuals: An Endangered Species?
Amitai Etzioni, Alyssa Bowditch
Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Political Science - 273 pages
Public Intellectuals: An Endangered Species? investigates the definition, role, and decline of public intellectuals in American society. Drawing from a wide range of commentaries and studies, this edited volume demonstrates the unique importance of public intellectuals and probes the timely question of how their voices can continue to be effective in our ever-changing social, academic and political climates. At a time when many argue that public intellectuals are dying out, the book addresses questions such as who qualifies as a public intellectual? Have their ranks thinned out and their qualities diminished? What is that special service that public intellectuals are supposed to render for the body politic? And, above all, is society being shortchanged?
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Roles of Public Intellectuals
Intellectuals Dissent and Bureaucrats
Why Public Intellectuals?
The Calling of the Public Intellectual
The Divide Academic vs FreeStanding Public Intellectuals
The Graying of the Intellectuals
Intellectuals After the Revolution
Intellectuals Public and Otherwise
A Continuing Presence Public Intellectuals and Change
Intellectuals in Politics
The Intellectual as Celebrity
The Public Intellectual Service Learning and Activist Research
A Conversation with Michael Eric Dyson
In Over Their Heads
On the Decline of Public Intellectuals
Will He Wither Away?
Speaking Truth to Power
On Knowledge and Power
Speaking Truth to Power
All the Presidents Brains
About the Contributors
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