American Academic Cultures: A History Of Higher Education by Paul H. MattinglyAmerican Academic Cultures: A History Of Higher Education by Paul H. Mattingly

American Academic Cultures: A History Of Higher Education

byPaul H. Mattingly

Paperback | November 23, 2017

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At a time when American higher education seems ever more to be reflecting on its purpose and potential, we are more inclined than ever to look to its history for context and inspiration. But that history only helps, Paul H. Mattingly argues, if it’s seen as something more than a linear progress through time. With American Academic Cultures, he offers a different type of history of American higher learning, showing how its current state is the product of different, varied generational cultures, each grounded in its own moment in time and driven by historically distinct values that generated specific problems and responses.
Mattingly sketches out seven broad generational cultures: evangelical, Jeffersonian, republican/nondenominational, industrially driven, progressively pragmatic, internationally minded, and the current corporate model. What we see through his close analysis of each of these cultures in their historical moments is that the politics of higher education, both inside and outside institutions, are ultimately driven by the dominant culture of the time. By looking at the history of higher education in this new way, Mattingly opens our eyes to our own moment, and the part its culture plays in generating its politics and promise.
Paul H. Mattingly is professor emeritus of history at New York University.  
Title:American Academic Cultures: A History Of Higher EducationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:November 23, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022650526X

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Table of Contents


Chapter One
The Great Awakening and the Eighteenth-Century Colleges

Chapter Two
Enlightenment and Denominationalism in Jefferson’s Virginia

Chapter Three
Antebellum Colleges and the Inculcation of Moral Character

Chapter Four
Science and System in Nineteenth-Century Collegiate Culture

Chapter Five
Land-Grant Colleges and the Emergence of an Academic Space

Chapter Six
The Generic University

Chapter Seven
Educated Women and the Inflation of Domesticity

Chapter Eight
The Academic Cultures of Nineteenth-Century Collegians

Chapter Nine
Progressive Ideology in American Higher Education

Chapter Ten
Academic Expertise in the National Interest

Chapter Eleven
The Other Captains of Erudition: From Science to General Education

Chapter Twelve
From the Liberal Core to an International Discourse

Chapter Thirteen
Federal Policy and the Postwar University

Chapter Fourteen
Clark Kerr: The Unapologetic Pragmatist

Chapter Fifteen
Challenging Pragmatism


Editorial Reviews

“A consistent, authoritative, challenging, and fresh engagement with the major elements and stages of American higher education history, but one that never feels like a survey.  An ambitious, distinctive, interpretive effort to make sense of what has become in our day a nodal segment of American society, economy, and public policy.”