Knowledge and Nation

Knowledge and Nation

Knowledge and Nation

Knowledge and Nation

Excerpt

Each summer since 1981 in The Times Higher Education Supplement, instead of routine editorials, I have written an essay that tries to go beyond the daily preoccupations of universities and other institutions by speculating about the wider links between knowledge and culture, education and society. These essays are one source of this book. Although they have gone through many revisions, the idea has stayed intact, to place higher education in a broader context. The other source is my earlier book The Crisis of the University. This was a detailed account of higher education policies, although it, too, tried to place the modern university in a historical context. The present book is an attempt to pick up where this earlier book left off, to generalise the arguments outlined there.

In writing this book my main debt is to The THES -- to the company that publishes it, to its many friends and contributors, to the stimulating contacts it has provided and, most of all, to my colleagues. Lectures given at the universities of Birmingham, Groningen and Kent provided a stimulus to work out the arguments in Chapters 4 and 5, and an earlier version of Chapter 7 was published in the Paris journal, Le Débat. My thanks to Caroline Gorner and Joanna Henshaw who typed this book. It is dedicated to Cherill and Anna.

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