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The University and the Global Knowledge Society$
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David John Frank and John W. Meyer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691202051

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691202051.001.0001

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The Human Actor and the Expansion of Academic Knowledge

The Human Actor and the Expansion of Academic Knowledge

(p.90) 5 The Human Actor and the Expansion of Academic Knowledge
The University and the Global Knowledge Society

David John Frank

John W. Meyer

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses curricular growth, focusing on the new human materials made available by globalization and liberalization that was developed during the liberal period of the last half-century. It explains how globalization diminishes both real and imagined boundaries around humans, society, and nature, and opens new cultural terrains to academic scrutiny. It also assesses liberalization that reconstitutes society and culture around the human individual and launches a greatly empowered agent of cultural inquiry and social change. The chapter analyzes the changes in the university that occur in an ideological context that renders them as normal and seemingly inevitable. It also investigates globalization and liberalization and the changes they foster in the wider institutional context.

Keywords:   curricular growth, human materials, globalization, liberalization, academic scrutiny, university, ideological context

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