Penguin Book

What are Universities For?

Stefan Collini

Across the world, universities are now more numerous and more important than they have ever been, yet at the same time there is unprecedented confusion about their purpose and scepticism about their value. What Are Universities For? responds to this situation by offering a spirited and compelling characterisation of the contemporary university, set within a historical and comparative framework. It suggests that we should welcome the continuing expansion of higher education acknowledge the diversity of types of institution and social role. The book explores some of the ways in which the tension between the free play of the mind and society's search for mechanisms of accountability and control works itself out in recent debates about universities. Particular attention is devoted to the case of the humanities, disciplines which both attract and puzzle the general public, with the result that they invariably prove the most difficult to justify but also the most difficult to regulate. Stefan Collini writes in a lively, accessible - and at times polemical - style.

In recent years, Stefan Collini has become one of the most distinctive and respected voices in public debates about the nature of universities and their place in modern society. He is a frequent contributor to a number of newspapers and has written several books. He is Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of the British Academy.

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  • Poetry and Literature
  • Sociology
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198 x 129mm
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