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The Degradation of the Academic Dogma: The University in America, 1945-1970


reviewed by Robert McClintock - 1971

coverTitle: The Degradation of the Academic Dogma: The University in America, 1945-1970
Author(s): Robert T. Nisbet
Publisher: Basic Books, New York
ISBN: , Pages: 252, Year: 1971
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Early in The Degradation of the Academic Dogma Robert Nisbet makes a revealing aside about the degradation of literary effort: "Older readers will perhaps remember the luster that once attended the book, before that luster was extinguished in the flood of publication during the past two or three decades, before books became, like steel and automobiles, commodities" (p. 28). Admittedly, I am a younger reader, except as the very, very young would count; but all the same, to me the book, a real book, can still have luster, if written with passion and care to make a significant point. Alas, in this case, the passion has flagged, the care has been compromised, and the point is significant but perfunctory, manufactured from recollections primarily to observe an academic occasion. Dross, not luster, attends this book, for it is a commodity hurriedly produced to capture a share of the market for tracts on the academic crisis. To be sure, there is an academic crisis, and the position... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 1, 1971, p. 123-129
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1627, Date Accessed: 9/22/2019 9:20:32 PM

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