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Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education

Universities and the Production of Elites

Discourses, Policies, and Strategies of Excellence and Stratification in Higher Education

Editors: Bloch, R., Mitterle, A., Paradeise, C., Peter, T. (Eds.)

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  • Explores the processes that produce elite universities and academic elites
  • Examines critically a range of discourses, strategies and policies employed by institutions to foster elitism
  • Draws on a range of international case studies from across North America, Europe, and Asia
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About this book

This book explores how universities as organizations influence and construct the production of academic elites and elitist institutions. It analyzes the role played by the reorganization of higher education (HE) institutions, stimulated by new performance-based narratives aimed at building attractiveness towards stakeholders such as governments, prospective employers, academics, and students. Based on American, European, and Asian case studies of HE systems and institutions considered at various scales, the volume analyzes the consequences of increasing competition between HE institutions which are facing challenges such as the internationalization of higher education supply, the shortage of public resources and the structural changes of labor market demands. It argues that policy discourses and tools, as well as assessment devices such as rankings and accreditation, incentivize HE institutions to develop positioning strategies that contribute to stratification and the production of elites. It will be of great interest to students and researchers in the fields of higher education, sociology, and education policy.

About the authors

Roland Bloch is a research associate at the Institute of Sociology and the Center for School and Educational Research at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

Alexander Mitterle is a research associate at the Institute of Sociology and the Center for School and Educational Research at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

Catherine Paradeise is a sociologist and Professor Emeritus at University Paris Est-LISIS, France.

Tobias Peter is a research associate at the Institute of Sociology at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg, Germany.

Reviews

“All agree that the global expansion of the university is revolutionizing contemporary society, but to what end? Assembling leading intellectuals, Bloch, Mitterle, Paradeise, and Peter offer an unique and groundbreaking analysis of this transforming phenomenon coming to challenging new theoretical and empirical conclusions. Universities and the Production of Elites is one of the richest collections of essays on the future impact of the university to appear in some time.” (David P. Baker, Professor of Sociology, Education and Demography, Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction: Universities and the Production of Elites

    Pages 1-29

    Bloch, Roland (et al.)

  • Excellence: On the Genealogical Reconstruction of a Rationality

    Pages 33-51

    Peter, Tobias

  • Opening the Black Box of the Elitism Dispositif: Graduate Schools in Economics

    Pages 53-79

    Maesse, Jens

  • Stratification through a Binary Degree Structure in Finnish Higher Education

    Pages 83-101

    Isopahkala-Bouret, Ulpukka

  • How Effective Have Reform Policies Been in Redesigning the French Higher Education and Research System?

    Pages 103-125

    Paradeise, Catherine

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-53969-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-85288-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Universities and the Production of Elites
Book Subtitle
Discourses, Policies, and Strategies of Excellence and Stratification in Higher Education
Editors
  • Roland Bloch
  • Alexander Mitterle
  • Catherine Paradeise
  • Tobias Peter
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53970-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53970-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53969-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85288-1
Series ISSN
2662-4214
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 392
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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