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Campus Politics What Everyone Needs to Know r Universities are usually considered bastions of the free exchange of ideas but a recent tide of demonstrations across college campuses has called this belief into question and with serious consequen

  • Title: Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know(r)
  • Author: Jonathan Zimmerman
  • ISBN: 9780190627393
  • Page: 216
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know(r) By Jonathan Zimmerman, Universities are usually considered bastions of the free exchange of ideas, but a recent tide of demonstrations across college campuses has called this belief into question, and with serious consequences Such a wave of protests hasn t been seen since the campus free speech demonstrations of the 1960s, yet this time it is the political Left, rather than the political RightUniversities are usually considered bastions of the free exchange of ideas, but a recent tide of demonstrations across college campuses has called this belief into question, and with serious consequences Such a wave of protests hasn t been seen since the campus free speech demonstrations of the 1960s, yet this time it is the political Left, rather than the political Right, calling for restrictions on campus speech and freedom And, as Jonathan Zimmerman suggests, recent campus controversies have pitted free speech against social justice ideals.The language of trauma and, generally, of psychology has come to dominate campus politics, marking another important departure from prior eras This trend reflects an increased awareness of mental health in American society writ large But it has also tended to dampen exchange and discussion on our campuses, where faculty and students self censor for fear of insulting or offending someone else Or they attack each other in periodic bursts of invective, which run counter to the civility promised by new speech and conduct codes.In Campus Politics What Everyone Needs to Know R , Jonathan Zimmerman breaks down the dynamics of what is actually driving this recent wave of discontent After setting recent events in the context of the last half century of free speech campus movements, Zimmerman looks at the political beliefs of the US professorate and students He follows this with chapters on political correctness debates over the contested curriculum admissions, faculty hires, and affirmative action policing students academic freedom and censorship in loco parentis administration and the psychology behind demands for trigger warnings and safe spaces He concludes with the question of how to best balance the goals of social and racial justice with the commitment to free speech.

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    1. As a current student on campus, I found myself recognizing many of the phenomenon discussed in the book and examining them through new lenses I believe this is a fair criticism of current campus culture, with the themes of free speech and psychologization interwoven into each topic that is discussed.This book invites novel thought and questions fundamental assumptions of many students on campus today.

    2. This is an very well written book for the general public about what is going on at colleges these days particularly in regards to students demanding college administrators make everything on campus how they want everything to be It s the new type of authoritarianism One could laugh about the matter if it wasn t for the fact administrators are giving the students what they want, at times when they should not and therefore are often trampling on free speech and thought as well as allowing some stu [...]

    3. Thanks to Netgalley for providing an ARC of this book The book definitely made me think about my own beliefs specifically than I ever had before, especially with regard to free speech The history he includes about many topics including affirmative action, the definition of political correctness , as well as microaggressions were interesting if lacking, considering I read Dear White People earlier in the same day and the history of the word microaggression was a bit nuanced there I felt that th [...]

    4. You may be forgiven for clinging to the idea that universities, especially in the west and the United States in particular, are hotbeds of free speech and exchange of ideas However, the reality in many cases may be sadly different and it is not necessarily being constrained by those who you may imagine Instead the political left seems to be ramping up restrictions on free speech, wrapped around altruistic reasons that might not always pass muster This book takes a critical look at this somewhat [...]

    5. Despite the title, this short book focuses exclusively on the idea of free speech and how that is implemented and augmented by college campuses Zimmerman s main point seems to be that students themselves are requested guidelines, restrictions, and requirements from a rapidly increasing base of administrators all too happy to comply Professors, meanwhile, are still committed to an earlier era of open communications between all, regardless of how uncomfortable it might make people and as a coro [...]

    6. This is an interesting read As someone who went to a public 4 year university and obtained a BA in Sociology and Ethnic Studies and went to a private Ivy League school for a MSSW program I have been knee deep in campus politics for the past 6 years Further, I see myself working in higher education During my time in higher education I took part in a few protests, and I worked as part of a team to facilitate discussions on power, privilege, and oppression on the campus.All that being said, this bo [...]

    7. It was about time to have a serious discussion about successes and failures of North American campus politics Without aiming at a too critical approach, Zimmerman lays the basis for a wider understanding of the current state of the art of academia, with interesting details about evolution and sometimes failures to explain and apply correctly concepts such as political corectness or freedom of speech Recommended to both academics and students, and anyone interested to understand the complicated a [...]

    8. Zimmerman identifies a crisis in our universities the tension or conflict between free speech, as a sacrosanct pillar of what education is staked on, and community standards, and the serious threats to our minority students He analyses a few areas in which this conflict arises academic freedom, the question of political correctness, diversity, equity and inclusion policies and discussions sexual conduct on campus and especially Title IX sensitivity of students including trigger warning, microagg [...]

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