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10 - Synthesis

from Part V - Conclusions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 February 2024

Brendan Apfeld
Affiliation:
University of Texas, Austin
Emanuel Coman
Affiliation:
Trinity College, Dublin
John Gerring
Affiliation:
University of Texas, Austin
Stephen Jessee
Affiliation:
University of Texas, Austin
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Summary

This is our attempt to put the previous chapters together in a coherent fashion. With that objective, we recapitulate the main arguments and survey the evidence. We begin by delving into the history of the university. Next, we examine evidence pertaining to the university’s effect on social and political attitudes, revisiting Part II of the book. In the third section, we address some of the nuances connected to those findings as well as the mechanisms at work, presented in Part III of the book. The final section takes a wide-angle view of our subject, speculating on the overall impact of universities on societies in the modern era, which we characterize as “soft power.”

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A Liberal Education
The Social and Political Impact of the Modern University
, pp. 253 - 267
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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