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Unsafe Space

The Crisis of Free Speech on Campus

Editors: Slater, Tom (Ed.)

  • Issues a radical call to arms to protect free speech against the encroachment of campus censorship
  • Decries the trend for ‘no-platforming’ which limits the free exchange of ideas
  • Exposes the erosion of academic freedom and free speech in universities world-wide
  • Argues campus censorship is symptomatic of a growing culture that denies democracy and liberalism
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About this book

The academy is in crisis. Students call for speakers to be banned, books to be slapped with trigger warnings and university to be a Safe Space, free of offensive words or upsetting ideas. But as tempting as it is to write off intolerant students as a generational blip, or a science experiment gone wrong, they’ve been getting their ideas from somewhere. Bringing together leading journalists, academics and agitators from the US and UK, Unsafe Space is a wake-up call. From the war on lad culture to the clampdown on climate sceptics, we need to resist all attempts to curtail free speech on campus. But society also needs to take a long, hard look at itself. Our inability to stick up for our founding, liberal values, to insist that the free exchange of ideas should always be a risky business, has eroded free speech from within.

About the authors

Tom Slater is deputy editor at spiked, UK. He coordinates spiked’s free-speech campaigns Down With Campus Censorship! and the Free Speech University Rankings, the UK’s first university league table for free speech. Tom has written on politics, pop culture and free speech for the Spectator, the Telegraph, Times Higher Education, The Times and the Independent

Reviews

“The tales of what’s going on at our college campuses would be humorous, but for the dire straits in which academic freedom, and rational thought itself, find themselves. Anybody who bothers to attend a college reunion, or to contribute money to his or her alma mater, or to send a son or daughter to college, should read this book first. It is essential to understand what our colleges are doing to their students, and hence to the nation’s future. “ (Harvey Silverglate: writer, lawyer and co-author of The Shadow University)

“Unsafe Space brings together a formidable and diverse array of critics who surgically dissect the multifarious new ways that universities have been hell-bent on undermining free thought, due process, and the respect for individual autonomy and agency that comprise the foundation of a free society. Anyone concerned about the fate of liberal freedom must read this book, which serves as a canary in the coalmine.” (Donald Downs: political science professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison; author, Restoring Free Speech and Liberty on Campus)

“Trigger warning: If universities' becoming hostile environments for intellectual freedom doesn't worry you already, it will after you've read the passionate, wide-ranging, and sometimes startling essays in Unsafe Space. Fortunately, when you pick up this book, the solution--more speech, better arguments, and moral courage--is in your hands.” (Jonathan Rauch, author of “Kindly Inquisitors” and senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, USA)

Unsafe Space makes a passionate, persuasive case for free speech on campus, touching on many of the censorship battles that others find too hot to handle. A call-to-arms for students and academics who want to turn the tide on campus censorship.” (Nadine Strossen - author of “Defending Pornography” and former president of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU))

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Reinvigorating the Spirit of ’64

    Slater, Tom

    Pages 1-4

  • From No Platform to Safe Space: A Crisis of Enlightenment

    O’Neill, Brendan

    Pages 5-21

  • The ‘New’ Feminism and the Fear of Free Speech

    McDermott, Nancy

    Pages 22-33

  • Re-Educating Men: The War on Lads and Frats

    Slater, Tom

    Pages 34-46

  • Teaching Students to Censor: How Academics Betrayed Free Speech

    Williams, Joanna

    Pages 47-57

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eBook $19.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-58786-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58784-8
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $31.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-58785-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Unsafe Space
Book Subtitle
The Crisis of Free Speech on Campus
Editors
  • Tom Slater
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58786-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-58786-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58784-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-58785-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 134
Topics