The Academic Marketplace Theodore Caplow

ISBN: 9780765806093

Published: April 1st 2001

Paperback

262 pages


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The Academic Marketplace  by  Theodore Caplow

The Academic Marketplace by Theodore Caplow
April 1st 2001 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 262 pages | ISBN: 9780765806093 | 3.76 Mb

This volume is a must for anyone interested in academic problems and will produce the emotion of recognition in those concerned, and the emotion of surprise in those outside the field.-Los Angeles Times Professors Caplow and McGee have givenMoreThis volume is a must for anyone interested in academic problems and will produce the emotion of recognition in those concerned, and the emotion of surprise in those outside the field.-Los Angeles Times Professors Caplow and McGee have given scholarly respectability to what many a professor has long suspected: Competition in the academic marketplace is as severe as in the business world.

[Their book] might come to have the same function for the professor as Machiavellis work had for ambitious princes.-Midwest Journal of Political Science The Academic Marketplace is a straightforward, hard-hitting exposu of the American university. Caplow and McGee consider all the working parts of the system and assess their suitability to the professed purpose.

Their report on the actualities, myths, and consequences of routines thus amounts to an anatomy of an institution-an anatomy that does not present a pretty picture. We learn, for example, that the chief criteria used in making appointments are prestige and compatibility, not teaching ability. The authors describe the precipitous decline in teaching loads and then explain how this tendency is related to the new sellers market, on the one hand, and to the extravagantly indeterminate structure of the university as an institution, on the other.

Not only is the temper judicious, the facts well gathered and competently marshaled, but the expression of results is invariably lucid. In a new introduction, the authors sort out fact from legend and discern trends, they address the validity of their own research methods and the applicability of their original findings to todays academic marketplace. They observe that the essential commodity offered in the academic marketplace is still the same-the mysterious intangible called prestige, by which universities, colleges, departments, disciplines, fields of inquiry, journals, and ultimately faculty candidates are ranked from high to low, and raised up and cast down accordingly.

Theodore Caplow is Commonwealth Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Systems of War and Peace, American Social Trends, and Peace Games. Reece J. McGee is professor of sociology emeritus at Purdue University.

He was awarded the American Sociological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching. He is the author of Academic Janus, three textbooks, and numerous articles on the academic profession and teaching.



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