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No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom

Cary Nelson


The modern university is sustained by academic freedom; it guarantees higher education's independence, its quality, and its success in educating students. The need to uphold those values would seem obvious. Yet the university is presently under siege from all corners; workers are being exploited with paltry salaries for full-time work, politics and profit rather than intellectual freedom govern decision-making, and professors are being monitored for the topics they teach. This book offers a comprehensive account of the social, political, and cultural forces undermining academic freedom. It con ... More

Keywords: modern university, academic freedom, higher education, intellectual freedom, governance, unionization, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814758595
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814758595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cary Nelson, author