Higher Education Divided

National Expectations and the Bifurcation of Purpose and National Identity, 1946-2016

Authors: Palmadessa, Allison L.

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This book critically considers how tertiary institutions of higher education in the United States are charged with the duty of preserving democracy, teaching citizenship literacy, and contributing to economic stability. The author offers a comparative analysis of how presidential and national policy agendas shape these social institutions’ re-creation and re-constitution of ideological identities that influence the social position of the participants in the institution types, creating a divide in the realization of national identity across institutional and class lines. In fulfilling this role, four- and two-year institutions become representations of the social class divisions in the United States as the institutions and their students experience American national identity differently. By answering a call to serve the American public and presidential agendas, institutions of higher education reinforce the economic and social divisions in American society, resulting in varied understandings of American national identity.

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Allison L. Palmadessa is Associate Professor of History at Greensboro College, USA. She is also the author of American National Identity, Policy Paradigms, and Higher Education (2017).

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Establishing National Identity and the Purpose of Higher Education in the United States

    Pages 1-36

    Palmadessa, Allison L.

  • Preserving and Promoting Democracy: University Demands and the Importance of the Community College in Post-War America, 1946–1953

    Pages 37-51

    Palmadessa, Allison L.

  • Dualities and Challenges: Higher Education in the Heart of the Cold War, 1953–1969

    Pages 53-71

    Palmadessa, Allison L.

  • Servicing the Public and the Marketplace for National Growth, 1970–1989

    Pages 73-93

    Palmadessa, Allison L.

  • Capital Gains and Higher Education: The Entrepreneurial University and the Community College as Facilitator of American Social Mobility in the 1990s

    Pages 95-111

    Palmadessa, Allison L.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Higher Education Divided
Book Subtitle
National Expectations and the Bifurcation of Purpose and National Identity, 1946-2016
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-50746-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-50746-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-50745-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 146
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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