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Author Liu, Catherine.

Title American idyll : academic antielitism as cultural critique / Catherine Liu
Published Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 259 pages)
Contents Introduction: populist idylls, cultural politics -- The problem with the meritocracy -- Ordinary Americans, average students -- The curious cult of religious practicality -- Against all experts: no experience necessary -- The new age of cultural studies: crisis in the PMC -- Conclusion
Summary ℗¡A trenchant critique of failure and opportunism across the political spectrum, American Idyll argues that social mobility, once a revered hallmark of American society, has ebbed, as higher education has become a mechanistic process for efficient sorting that has more to do with class formation than anything else. Academic freedom and aesthetic education are reserved for high-scoring, privileged students and vocational education is the only option for economically marginal ones. Throughout most of American history, antielitist sentiment was reserved for attacks against an entrenched aristocracy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Education, Higher -- United States.
Elite (Social sciences) -- United States.
Intellectuals -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1609380517 (electronic bk.)
9781609380519 (electronic bk.)