Rebellion in the University (Foundations of Higher Education)

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Political activity and student unrest have been recurring phenomena in American universities even after they reached their apogee in the 1960s. In Rebellion in the University, Seymour Martin Lipset reviews that turbulent period and places it in a larger historical perspective. He analyzes the source of student activism, the roles played by the faculty, the spectrum of campus political opinion, and the history of American campus protest.

Two decades after this book was first written, the academic community is once more sharply divided over issues of political correctness. The term refers to the efforts by campus advocates of leftist politics to control the content of speech, courses, and appointments, and to impose their views with respect to multiculturalism, minority rights, and feminism. Lipset's new introduction is a major effort to account for this new wave of repressive moralism, to explain the issues involved, to locate sources of support and opposition, and to voice a judgment about the current situation in the American academic community.

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Seymour Martin Lipset (1922-2006) was professor emeritus of sociology at George Mason University. Among his books are American Exceptionalism: A Double-Edged Sword; North American Cultures: Values and Institutions in Canada and the United States; Political Man: The Social Bases of Politics; and Rebellion in the University. He had a long-standing interest in Israel and Jewish affairs, and was past president of the Association of American Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.

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"Represents a major effort to bring together the myriad empirical findings and historical materials on student radicals in the U.S. It deserves admiration because of its summary of every existing piece of literature and because of its attempt to articulate them."

Sociology

"Packed with judicious evaluation of piles of evidence from a great range of sources, and with astute sociological and political commentary."

—Contemporary Sociology

"Rebellion in the University represents a major effort to bring together the myriad empirical findings and historical materials on student radicals in the U.S. It deserves admiration because of its summary of every existing piece of literature and because of its attempt to articulate them."

—J.M. Maravall, Sociology

"In broader context this is not so much a synthesis of all there is to know about student activism as it is an important demonstration of the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary social science."

—Kenneth J. Gergen, Contemporary Psychology

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