Public Intellectuals: An Endangered Species?

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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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Contents

Public Intellectuals Public Life and the University
29
A Forum
49
Roles of Public Intellectuals
67
Intellectuals Dissent and Bureaucrats
69
Why Public Intellectuals?
79
The Calling of the Public Intellectual
89
Forum
93
The Divide Academic vs FreeStanding Public Intellectuals
97
The Graying of the Intellectuals
163
Intellectuals After the Revolution
171
Intellectuals Public and Otherwise
183
Forum
193
A Continuing Presence Public Intellectuals and Change
197
Intellectuals in Politics
199
The Intellectual as Celebrity
225
Forum
239

The Public Intellectual Service Learning and Activist Research
99
A Conversation with Michael Eric Dyson
109
In Over Their Heads
151
Forum
155
On the Decline of Public Intellectuals
157
Will He Wither Away?
159
Speaking Truth to Power
243
On Knowledge and Power
245
Speaking Truth to Power
257
All the Presidents Brains
265
About the Contributors
269
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About the author (2006)

Amitai Etzioni is University Professor at George Washington University. He is the author and editor of many influential books, including The Spirit of Community and The New Golden Rule. Alyssa Bowditch is an executive assistant at the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies.

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