Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy
Multiversities are sprawling conglomerates that provide liberal undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. As well-springs of innovation and ideas, these universities represent the core of society's research enterprise. Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy forcibly argues that, in the contemporary world, multiversities need to be conceptualized in a new way, that is, not just as places of teaching and research, but also as fundamental institutions of democracy.
Building upon the history of universities, George Fallis discusses how the multiversity is a distinctive product of the later twentieth century and has become an institution of centrality and power. He examines five characteristics of our age - the constrained welfare state, the information technology revolution, postmodern thought, commercialization, and globalization - and in each case explains how the dynamic of multiversity research alters societal circumstances, leading to the alteration of the institution itself and creating challenges to its own survival. The character of our age demands reappraisal of the multiversity, Fallis argues, in order to safeguard them from so-called 'mission drift.' Writing from a multi-national perspective, this study establishes how similar ideas are shaping multiversities across the Anglo-American world.
Ultimately, Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy seeks to uncover the ethos of the multiversity and to hold such institutions accountable for their contribution to democratic life. It will appeal to anyone interested in the role of education in society.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 424 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.4in x 9.3in
Reviews‘In this book, which is as ambitious as its title, George Fallis provides a positive and adaptive view toward the future of multiversities [Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy] is useful to those who are looking for a resource that gives a broad historical overview of the developments and interrelationships in higher education over the past 100 years.’
Michelle J. Nilson
Canadian Public Policy
‘Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy provides the best account I have read of the principal forces helping to shape the modern Anglo-American multiversity and should attract a wide readership in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.’
Derek Bok, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
‘Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy is an impressive tome in many ways. The sheer breadth of disciplinary knowledge reflected in the literature reviews, the steady and deliberate unfolding of the argument over twelve exhaustively researched chapters, and the earnest concern for the future of democratic education cannot but appeal to the reader Continuing in the intellectual traditions of Cardinal Newman and Clark Kerr, the book is a worthy product of their influence.’
Tatiana Suspitsyna, The Ohio State University
‘At the heart of George Fallis’s important and luminous study of the modern multiversity is a compellingly reasoned and passionate argument to recapture the essence of true academic learning and achievement through the processes of genuine democracy. That’s democracy within the campus, of course, but also through the teaching of the democratic ethos so that our universities buttress our beleaguered society and vice versa.’
John Fraser, Master and Chair of Corporation, Massey College, University of Toronto
George Fallis is a professor in the Department of Economics and Divison of Social Science and former Dean of the Faculty of Arts at York University.
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