The Idea of the University: Histories and Contexts

1st Edition

Debaditya Bhattacharya

Routledge India
Published September 11, 2018
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9781138055384 - CAT# Y331171

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What is this ‘idea’ of the university? Why does it need to be defended?

Does the work of defense preclude the task of rearranging the idea itself?

Drawing on these essential questions, this volume traces the historical transformations of the university in medieval Europe and explores current debates on its existence and sustenance in a neoliberal India. It challenges the liberal-humanist ‘ideal’ of academic exchange to inquire into long befuddled debates on the true nature of the modern university.

Along with its companion The University Unthought: Notes for a Future, this brave new intervention makes a compelling foray into the political future(s) of the university. It will be of interest to academics, educators and students of the social sciences and humanities, especially education. It will also be of use to policy-makers and education analysts, and central to the concerns of any citizen.

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