What Price Utopia?: Essays on Ideological Policing, Feminism, and Academic Affairs

What Price Utopia?: Essays on Ideological Policing, Feminism, and Academic Affairs

by Daphne Patai
     
 

This volume brings together for the first time more than two dozen of Daphne Patai's incisive and at times satirical essays dealing with the academic and intellectual orthodoxies of our time. Patai draws on her years of experience in an increasingly bizarre academic world, where a stifling politicization threatens genuine teaching and learning. Addressing the rise

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This volume brings together for the first time more than two dozen of Daphne Patai's incisive and at times satirical essays dealing with the academic and intellectual orthodoxies of our time. Patai draws on her years of experience in an increasingly bizarre academic world, where a stifling politicization threatens genuine teaching and learning. Addressing the rise of feminist dogma, the domination of politics over knowledge, the shoddy thinking and moralizing that hide behind identity politics, and the degradation of scholarship, her essays offer a resounding defense of liberal values. Patai takes aim at the unctuous and also dangerous posturing that has brought us restrictive speech codes, harassment policies, and a vigilante atmosphere, while suppressing plain speaking about crucial issues. But these trenchant essays are not limited to academic life, for the ideas and practices popularized there have spread far beyond campus borders. Included are two new pieces written especially for this volume, one on the bullying tactics of a famous feminist and the other on Islamic fundamentalism.

Editorial Reviews

Norman Levitt
For twenty years, Daphne Patai, whose awareness of these bizarre phenomena grew out of her own bitter experience with the seamy side of women's studies, has been a courageous contrarian voice, challenging the anti-intellectualism and the old fashioned power-lust that the ethos of "politically committed" teaching and scholarship has visited on campus life. The essays in What Price Utopia? fully display the range and vigor of Patai's arguments and testify to the enduring strength of the liberal ideals of intellectual freedom and the inviolable sanctity of private life. She brings the good news that the best of the Enlightenment still lives if only we have the guts to defend it against the sneers of its trendy enemies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742522275
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/20/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Daphne Patai is a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author and editor of a dozen books, including Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism; Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women's Studies; and Theory's Empire: An Anthology of Dissent.

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