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1st Edition

Higher Education in Liquid Modernity

ISBN 9780415813976
Published March 11, 2013 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

Based in sociologist Zygmunt Bauman’s theory of liquid modernity, this volume describes and critiques key aspects and practices of liquid education--education as market-driven consumption, short life span of useful knowledge, overabundance of information--through a systematic comparison with ancient Greek paideia and medieval university education, producing a sweeping analysis of the history and philosophy ofeducation for the purpose of understanding current higher education, positing a more holisitic alternative model in which students are embedded in a learning commutity that is itself embedded in a larger society. If liquid modernity has left a vacuum where, according to Bauman, the pilot’s cabin is empty, this volume argues that no structure is better positioned to fill this vacuum than the university and outlines a renewed vision of social transformation through higher education.



Table of Contents

Part I: Exordium  1. Higher Education and Change  Part II: Narratio: The Definition of Liquid Education  2. Liquid Modernity  3. Liquid Education  Part III: Confirmatio: The Reality of Liquid Education  4. Liquefied Authority  5. Liquefied Culture  6. Liquefied Reason  7. Liquefied Structure  Part IV: Reprehensio: The Inferno of Liquid Education  8. Introducing the Inferno  9. Emaciated Education  10. Education in the Empty Agora  11. Consuming Education  12. Educational Anxiety  13. Responding to Liquid Education 

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Marvin Oxenham is in the Education department at Kings College London, UK.