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Humanities 2017, 6(2), 32; doi:10.3390/h6020032

U.S. Higher Education and the Crisis of Care

Department of English, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1011 South Drive, Indiana, PA 15705, USA
Academic Editor: Ronald Strickland
Received: 5 March 2017 / Revised: 3 May 2017 / Accepted: 11 May 2017 / Published: 16 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Saving the Humanities from the Neoliberal University)
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This essay situates the fate of the humanities within the broad perspective of the geopolitical economy of neoliberal capitalism. This article adapts Nancy Fraser’s historical analysis of the three phases of the “crisis of care” to understand our latest phase (1975–2017) of the capitalist world system. With respect to higher education, the shift towards privatization has had devastating effects, especially for the humanities and social sciences. By reconsidering the public and social benefits of higher education, we can restore the educational core of the humanities. View Full-Text
Keywords: higher education; crisis of care; privatization; social benefits; public commons; tuition increases; funding rationales higher education; crisis of care; privatization; social benefits; public commons; tuition increases; funding rationales
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