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University and Society

Interdependencies and Exchange Edited by Ágnes Kövér, Associate Professor and Director, Gender Studies MA Program, Eötvös Lorand Science University (ELTE), University School of Social Sciences, Budapest, Hungary and Gaby Franger, Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Social Work and Health, Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Coburg, Germany
What role can the university play in the broader community or society in which it is embedded? Must it remain segregated in the halls of science and knowledge, which tower above the community? This book examines the growing number of questions and concerns around university-community relations by exploring widely accepted theories and practices and placing them under new light.
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Publication Date: February 2019
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What role can the university play in the broader community or society in which it is embedded? Must it remain segregated in the halls of science and knowledge, which tower above the community? This book examines the growing number of questions and concerns around university-community relations by exploring widely accepted theories and practices and placing them under new light.

From a shared point of agreement that the university is an institution which should move beyond the production of higher knowledge for power elites, the contributors provide critical reflections and reports on efforts to bring about change in the canonic discourse or power-biased attitudes in universities throughout the Northern Hemisphere and Australia. The central message is that the strengthening of direct relations between universities and communities is vital to the construction of social capital and to the opening of universities to society. These are processes to be advanced on both local and international levels, as they involve democratizing rather than corporatizing, extending the reach of our educational process, sharing knowledge, resources, and expertise and reinforcing community decision-making and problem-solving capacity. How these processes of change develop and unfold within a number of universities in a wide range of countries is the story told in this book.

This book will appeal to a wide readership, from students and community activists looking to make education meaningful and cooperative, to educational policy makers, members of the professoriate, and academic administrators, seeking to sustain withering institutions and provide vision for new program developments.
‘Ágnes Kövér and Gaby Franger’s University and Society provides a timely values-based approach to understanding the evolving relationships between universities and society. A must-read for all of interested in community based research, community university engagement and knowledge democracy.’
– Budd L. Hall, University of Victoria, Canada
Contributors include: M.A. Almiron, N. Bibu, J. Blanco Lopez, R. Buber, D. Campbell, M.J. Casa-Nova, G. Csepeli, A. de Pree, A. Feinsod, G. Franger, N. Georgeou, B. Haas, Z. Haberman, G. Hegyesi, S. Herran, E. Ivanova, A. Kövér, M. Lisetchi, R.A. Lohmann, S. Mackerle-Bixa, M. Meyer, J.P. Murray, D. Pendleton, D. Perry, P. Rameder, M. Rawsthorne, B. Sporn, K. Talyigás, C. Winkle

Contents:

Introductory Thoughts
Ágnes Kövér and Gaby Franger

Part I. Challenging Academia
1. Universities “Inside” the World: Multiscale Engagement Levels
Maria José Casa-Nova

2. Leaving the Ivory Tower: Universities’ Third Mission and the Quest for Legitimacy
Michael Meyer and Barbara Sporn

3. University Student Volunteering for Development. A Critical Approach
Nichole Georgeou and Benjamin Haas

4. Sentipensante: Feeling-Thinking-Pedagogy. Community-Based Research and Teaching
Gaby Franger

Part II University as Agent of Dialogue
5. Dialogue and Deliberation in a Quiet Place
Roger A. Lohmann

6. Acting Together - Means of Creative Transformation of Social Conflict
György Csepeli

7. Universities - Ngos Interaction in Romania. A Bridge Too Far Away?
Nicolae Bibu and Mihai Lisetchi

8. Are We Welcome? Building Trust Through Community Based Research
Margot Rawsthorne and Alison De Pree

Part III Service Learning and Service Provision
9. Clinical Legal Education: From Loyalty to Power to Loyalty to Society
Ágnes Kövér

10. [email protected]: Implementing Community Service Learning in Austria
Renate Buber, Ekaterina Ivanova, Stefanie Mackerle-Bixa, Michael Meyer and Paul Rameder

11. The Community Semester: Enhancing Town and Gown Relations in a Medium-Size City
John Murray

12. University of the Third Age
Gábor Hegyesi and Katalin Talyigás

Part IV Working Within and for Community
13. Shifting Roles for Campus-Building in University-Community Relationships
Curt Winkle And David Perry

14. University Residence Flora Tristán: A Social Project of Experiences That Breaks Down Walls
Juan Blanco López, M. Ana Almirón, Alfonso Blázquez, Angela Fernández, Maria Del Carmen Maguilla and Silvia De La Herran

15. The University as Community Developer
David Campbell and Dennis Pendleton

16. University and Community: Jewish Tradition and Social Justice
Zoltán Háberman

17. Crossroads Repertory Theatre: A Model of a University-Based Theater
Arthur Feinsod

Index