Lessons for higher education : the university as a site of activism

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dc.contributor.author Lynch, Kathleen
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-04T15:47:27Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-04T15:47:27Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis en
dc.date.issued 2010-09
dc.identifier.citation British Journal of Sociology of Education en
dc.identifier.issn 1465-3346 (electronic)
dc.identifier.issn 0142-5692 (paper)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2492
dc.description.abstract Len Barton is acutely aware of the power of the academy to either enhance critical thinking or to depress it. He is a true academic, never accepting the received wisdom or perspective of any given sociological standpoint, no matter how powerful or fashionable it was at the time. He has encouraged and promoted a unique blend of professional and public sociology of education that has left a profound legacy not only in the UK but beyond. While the neo-liberal ideology had hegemonic status for most of his professional life, Len chose to engage in a counter ideological struggle; he created new intellectual spaces in the academy where people could safely dissent from the reigning intellectual orthodoxies. He operated according to the principles of Gramscian thinking by mounting a war of position, in journals, books, teaching, conferences and research, for critical intellectuals. And he encouraged other people to do likewise. This article explores the ways in which Len’s work inspired the establishment of the Equality Studies Centre and the School of Social Justice in UCD. It outlines the lessons learned from Len Barton about higher education and its potential as a site for critical analysis and action. en
dc.description.sponsorship Not applicable en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en
dc.subject Public sociology en
dc.subject Higher education en
dc.subject Academic capitalism en
dc.subject Equality and social justice en
dc.subject Ireland en
dc.subject Public interest en
dc.subject.lcsh Education, Higher en
dc.subject.lcsh Critical thinking en
dc.subject.lcsh Social justice en
dc.subject.lcsh Equality en
dc.title Lessons for higher education : the university as a site of activism en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2010.500091 en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 31 en
dc.identifier.issue 5 en
dc.identifier.startpage 575 en
dc.identifier.endpage 590 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/01425692.2010.500091
dc.neeo.contributor Lynch|Kathleen|aut| en
dc.description.admin ti,ke.kpw1/10/10 en

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