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The University, the Market, and Professors

A Bibliographic Essay

Ethan Schrum

Graduation; flickr.

A survey of works on the rise of academic capitalism.

A torrent of literature on the ills of higher education has inundated the American landscape in recent years. One of the most frequent concerns is that people no longer see the university and its knowledge and degrees as a public good, but rather as a private good for getting ahead in one’s career. The university is a constantly changing institution, and most observers agree that two major structural shifts have marked its path in recent decades: one around World War II and another beginning in the 1970s.

 

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