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The University and the Global Knowledge Society

David John Frank and John W. Meyer


The university is experiencing an unprecedented level of success today, as more universities in more countries educate more students in more fields. At the same time, the university has become central to a knowledge society based on the belief that everyone can, through higher education, access universal truths and apply them in the name of progress. This book traces the university's rise over the past hundred years to become the cultural linchpin of contemporary society, revealing how the so-called ivory tower has become profoundly interlinked with almost every area of human endeavor. The boo ... More

Keywords: information age, university, knowledge society, cultural authority, information-based society, nationalism, authoritarianism, illiberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691202051
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691202051.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David John Frank, author
University of California, Irvine

John W. Meyer, author
Stanford University