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Nontraditional Students and Community Colleges: The Conflict of Justice and Neoliberalism


reviewed by Rashné R. Jehangir — October 17, 2008

coverTitle: Nontraditional Students and Community Colleges: The Conflict of Justice and Neoliberalism
Author(s): John S. Levin
Publisher: Palgrave/MacMillan, New York
ISBN: 1403970106, Pages: 288, Year: 2007
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Drawing on 180 interviews with students, faculty, staff and administrators from 13 community colleges across nine states, Levin’s Non Traditional Students and Community Colleges puts forth an expansive argument addressing a wide array of topics impacting community colleges. He takes on the challenge of both unpacking the nature of the community college experience and its diverse student body and also analyzing these experiences through the lens of education as a vehicle of justice and equity. His assessment of the position of community colleges and their capacity to effectively serve the most disadvantaged students calls into question the state of higher education where students increasingly become “commodities and consumers—sources of revenue and products to be sold” (p. 5). The book invites us to explore the extent to which community college students receive justice “both within their institutions and as an outcome of their education” (p. 5). This notion of justice is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 17, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15419, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 4:58:39 PM

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  • Rashné Jehangir
    University of Minnesota
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    RASHNE R. JEHANGIR is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Post Secondary Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.
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