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Conflict in the Academy

A Study in the Sociology of Intellectuals

Authors: Morgan, M., Baert, P.

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Examining an intramural conflict that erupted within the English Faculty at Cambridge University in the early 1980s, this book develops a theoretical analysis of disputes as they unfold within the academy and explores the broader historical shifts within Higher Education and how these related to developments in Continental Europe.

About the authors

Marcus Morgan is a Fellow and College Lecturer at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, and a Research Associate in the Sociology Department at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Patrick Baert is Professor of Social Theory in the Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, UK.

Reviews

“This short book is a gem. It illustrates and elucidates a big issue – that of the struggle over the future course of the academy – by looking through the lens of one particular case, the so-called MacCabe affair (1976-80). … This is an innovative book, which has the capacity to serve as a model for how to renew what has traditionally been called sociology of knowledge, mainly by drawing on the strong programme of cultural sociology.” (Andreas Hess, British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 67 (1), January, 2016)

"For too long analyses of intellectual disputes and campus politics have stood in the shadows of Bourdieu's Homo Academicus with its structural reading of fault lines. Conflict in the Academy at last moves the game forward with a pithy and yet impressively detailed case study. Building on recent cultural sociology it convincingly demonstrates that deep meanings and contingent performances also play a part. Making a significant contribution to the sociology of intellectuals and ideas this concise book punches well above its weight." - Professor Philip Smith, Yale University, USA

"When asked why academic disputes were so bitter, Henry Kissinger famously replied that it was because so little was at stake. Scholars have often been involved in intellectual debates whose intensity seems to far exceed their objective importance, much to the bewildered entertainment of those not involved. Yet, academics have spent far less time actually studying these conflicts. In this perceptive and highly original new study, Marcus Morgan and Patrick Baert dissect the dynamics of academic disputes. They have produced a work that will be a reference point for future study in this area." - Professor Anthony King, Exeter University, UK


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Storm in a Teacup?

    Morgan, Marcus (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Chronology of Events

    Morgan, Marcus (et al.)

    Pages 11-22

  • Contextualising the Dispute

    Morgan, Marcus (et al.)

    Pages 23-40

  • Examples of Symbolic Strategies Employed by the Pros

    Morgan, Marcus (et al.)

    Pages 44-59

  • Examples of Symbolic Strategies Employed by the Antis

    Morgan, Marcus (et al.)

    Pages 60-73

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conflict in the Academy
Book Subtitle
A Study in the Sociology of Intellectuals
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-52130-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137521309
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-52128-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-50660-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 96
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