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Palgrave Macmillan

Public Universities and the Public Sphere

ISBN 9780230108783
Publication Date November 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Public Universities and the Public Sphere argues that two crises facing America - a crisis of public discourse and a crisis of public higher education - are closely connected. The center of significant public discussion in the United States is located in a core public sphere consisting of publications, associations, and universities that was consciously constructed in the nineteenth century. The modern American university originated in the process that created the core public sphere. Public universities essentially democratized the core public sphere in the twentieth century.  Part of the solution, Smith argues in this timely work, to both crises lies in understanding and building on the connection.

WOODRUFF D. SMITH Professor of History and formerly Dean of the Liberal Arts Faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.

The Core Public Sphere: What It Is and Why It Needs Help
Why is Public Higher Education in Trouble?
Building the Core Public Sphere
The Public Sphere and the Construction of the Modern American University
Public Universities and the Democratization of the Core
Public Sphere
Occlusion and Its Consequences
What Should Be Done?


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