higher education

Simpson, Christopher, ed. 1998. Universities and Empire: Money and Politics in the Social Sciences during the Cold War. The Cold War and the University Series. New York: New Press.

Abstract: " Universities and Empire is a fascinating exploration of the seamier connections between academic research and official public policy during the most turbulent years of the Cold War. It explores the effects of the U.S. military, intelligence, and propaganda agencies on academic culture...Read more
Teferra, Damtew, and Philip G. Altbachl. 2004. “African Higher Education: Challenges for the 21st Century.” Higher Education 47 (1): 21–50.

Angela Okune: This 2004 article by Damtew Teferra and Philip Altbachl focuses on the "problems of African higher education" which they see as including the challenges of funding, management, brain drain and language. The authors propose that recognition of these problems can lead to major...Read more

Nyamnjoh, Francis B. 2016. #RhodesMustFall: Nibbling at Resilient Colonialism in South Africa.

Abstract: " This book on rights, entitlements and citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa shows how the playing field has not been as levelled as presumed by some and how racism and its benefits persist. Through everyday interactions and experiences of university students and professors, it...Read more

Zeleza, Paul Tiyambe. 2016. The Transformation of Global Higher Education, 1945-2015. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Abstract: " This book explores some of the major forces and changes in higher education across the world between 1945 and 2015. This includes the explosions of higher education institutions and enrollments, a development captured by the notion of massification. There were also profound shifts in...Read more
Mangan, J. A. A. 1993. The Imperial Curriculum (RLE Edu H). Hoboken: Taylor & Francis.

Angela Okune: This 1993 volume is a comparative analysis of racial attitudes in the formal schooling of both Britain and its former dominions and colonies. The contributions include chapters looking at experiences in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya. A central theme throughout the work is that a...Read more

Hendricks, Cheryl, and Brenda Leibowitz. 2016. “Decolonising Universities Isn’t an Easy Process -- but It Has to Happen.” The Conversation, May 23, 2016.

Angela Okune: This 2016 article by two professors at the University of Johannesburg gives some of the context to the 2015/16 student protests around decolonizing universities in the South African context. The article highlights key points raised at three panel discussions hosted at the...Read more

Krücken, Georg, Anna Kosmützky, and Marc Torka. 2007. Towards a Multiversity?: Universities between Global Trends and National Traditions.

Angela Okune: This 2007 book chapter by Georg Krucken, Anna Kosmutzky and Marc Torka expands on the concept of the "multiversity" and look at some theoretical approaches for understanding the contemporary university; emphasize the role state regulation and new forms of governance play in the...Read more

Newfield, Christopher. 2008. Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Abstract: "An essential American dream—equal access to higher education—was becoming a reality with the GI Bill and civil rights movements after World War II. But this vital American promise has been broken. Christopher Newfield argues that the financial and political crises of public universities...Read more

Rooks, Noliwe M. 2006. White Money/Black Power: The Surprising History of African American Studies and the Crisis of Race in Higher Education. Boston: Beacon Press.

Abstract: " The history of African American Studies is often told as a heroic tale, with compelling images of fists raised in a black power salute and white administrators bowing to the demands of passionate African American students. In this watershed book, Noliwe M. Rooks argues for the...Read more

Newfield, Christopher. 2003. Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880-1980. Durham: Duke University Press.

Abstract: " Emphasizing how profoundly the American research university has been shaped by business and the humanities alike, Ivy and Industry is a vital contribution to debates about the corporatization of higher education in the United States. Christopher Newfield traces major trends in the...Read more
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