Scandals and Scoundrels: Seven Cases That Shook the Academy / Edition 1

Scandals and Scoundrels: Seven Cases That Shook the Academy / Edition 1

by Ron Robin
     
 


"Ron Robin's Scandals and Scoundrels is a clever provocation but more: It opens into a fascinating tour through treacherous postmodern territories, culminating in an economical explanation for what he calls 'the inflation in deviancy spectacles,' all in stylish prose, no mystification added."—Todd Gitlin, author of Letters to a Young ActivistSee more details below

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"Ron Robin's Scandals and Scoundrels is a clever provocation but more: It opens into a fascinating tour through treacherous postmodern territories, culminating in an economical explanation for what he calls 'the inflation in deviancy spectacles,' all in stylish prose, no mystification added."—Todd Gitlin, author of Letters to a Young Activist

"An engrossing and convincing account of how the academic professions have lost much of their jurisdiction for disputes about scholarly integrity to popular media that prefer contentious litigation to patient, reasoned deliberation."—David A. Hollinger, author of Postethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism

"Robin proposes a new way of thinking about the radically shifting nature of academic disciplines by using a set of recent controversies to explore the current state of society itself. Wonderfully readable, this is a book which should have a large and appreciative audience."—Marilyn Young, author of The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990

"Robin presents a rather distressing picture of the academy as its boundaries have become more and more blurred and its standards indistinguishable from those of the rest of society. Cases of intellectual dishonesty and lack of professional integrity have often become sensational news, conveying a picture of academic corruption to the wider world, even as the latter has induced scholars to commodify their research and writing to suit its tastes. It is a fascinating story that says as much about contemporary society and culture as about the academic disciplines."—Akira Iriye, author of Global Community

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520235786
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/11/2004
Pages:
289
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction : scholarly scandals : why do they happen?1
Pt. IScandals in history
1Plagiarism and the demise of gatekeepers31
2The noble lie : "arming America" and the right to bear arms57
3"A self of many possibilities" : Joseph Ellis, the protean historian85
Pt. IIScandals in anthropology
4The ghost of Caliban : Derek Freeman and "the fateful hoaxing of Margaret Mead"113
5Violent people and gentle savages : the Yanomami controversy138
6The willful suspension of disbelief : Rigoberta Menchu and the making of the Maya Holocaust166
Pt. IIIThe necessary scandal
7Science fiction : Sokal's Hoax and the "linguistic left"195
8What do the scandals mean?219

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