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Handbook on Academic Freedom

9781788975902 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Richard Watermeyer, School of Education, University of Bristol, Rille Raaper, School of Education, University of Durham and Mark Olssen, Department of Politics, University of Surrey, UK
Publication Date: November 2022 ISBN: 978 1 78897 590 2 Extent: c 480 pp
Identifying academic freedom as a major casualty of rapid and extensive to the governance and practices of academic institutions worldwide, this timely Handbook considers the meaning of academic freedom, the threats it faces, the consequences of its loss, and its relation to rights of critical expression, public accountability and the democratic health of open societies.

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Identifying academic freedom as a major casualty of rapid and extensive reforms to the governance and practices of academic institutions worldwide, this timely Handbook considers the meaning of academic freedom, the threats it faces, and its relation to rights of critical expression, public accountability and the democratic health of open societies.

An international cohort of leading scholars discuss the historical conceptualisations of academic freedom and explore the extent of its reconfiguration by neoliberalism and economic globalisation. Chapters examine the threats posed to academic freedom by interventionist government, economic fundamentalism, political conservatism and extremism. The Handbook finds that these threats endanger the intellectual ambitions at the core of academic freedom: contesting established ‘truth’ and holding power to account.

Examining a matter of urgent social and political importance which is crucial to the future of democracy and intellectual autonomy, this Handbook is an invigorating read for students and scholars researching academic freedom, free speech and democratic governance in higher education institutions.
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Contributors include: Tahir Abbas, Ron Barnett, Lorenzo Cini, Nesta Devine, Mike Finn, Susanne Gannon, Ayla Göl, Dennis Hayes, Savo Heleta, Liz Jackson, Christian Krijnen, Thierry M. Luescher, Bruce Macfarlane, Mark Murphy, Anye-Nkwenti Nyamnjoh, Cary Nelson, Mark Olssen, Jayne Osgood, Goran Puaca, Rille Raaper, Henry (Hank) Reichman, Kathryn Scantlebury, Georgina Tuari Stewart, Carol A. Taylor, Richard Watermeyer, Anja Zalta








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