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The University Revolution: A Processual Analysis of Higher Education
Most of our theories and assumptions about the role and purpose of higher education were constructed during the Cold War – such that both liberal and critical interpretations of the role of science, higher learning and academic disciplines are overly-functionalist and ahistorical. An alternative approach developed through engagement with the processual sociology of Norbert Elias, Andrew Abbott, Isaac Reed, Niklas Luhmann and others suggests we need to rewrite our metahistorical account of why modern universities emerged in the early 19th century. The argument here is that the ‘university revolution’ was as significant as the industrial and democratic revolutions in co-constituting the modern world.

Apr 1, 2021 01:00 PM in Dublin

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