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Humanities 2017, 6(4), 83;

The University, Neoliberalism, and the Humanities: A History

Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Received: 18 July 2017 / Revised: 26 October 2017 / Accepted: 26 October 2017 / Published: 8 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Saving the Humanities from the Neoliberal University)
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Neoliberalism has since the 1970s had a significant negative impact on higher education in the U.S., but this ideology and political program is not solely to blame for the current situation of the humanities or the university. The American university was never the autonomous institution imagined by German idealists, but it was rather always strongly connected to both the state and civil society. Many of the cultural currents and social forces that have led to the reduction in public spending on higher education and to lower enrollments in the humanities long antedate neoliberalism. View Full-Text
Keywords: university; humanities; neoliberalism; history; capitalism university; humanities; neoliberalism; history; capitalism
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