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Academic Freedom, Intellectual Diversity, and the Place of Politics in Geography

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Abstract:  This paper examines the conservative critique of higher education in the USA. I argue, first, that the right's call for greater “intellectual diversity” in American higher education should be understood as an attack on the professional self‐regulation and disciplinary autonomy that are central to academic freedom in this country. Second, I suggest that the right's politicization of politics in the academy brings to light the importance of our developing a vision of the university that accounts for rather than disavows the political nature of the work we do.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Geography, University of Vermont, Bington, VT, USA;

Publication date: 01 September 2012

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