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978-0-86091-630-7 / 0860916308

Secular Vocations: Intellectuals, Professionalism, Culture (Haymarket Series)

by Robbins, Bruce

Publisher:Verso

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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During the 1980s, university-based intellectuals came under heavy fire from both radicals and conservatives. They were accused by the former of betraying their public duty as general critics of society, and by the latter of promulgating radical ideologies and corrupting the young. In this work, the author counters both left and right, arguing that the professionalization of literary study was inevitable and fortuitous. Robbins undertakes close studies of such figures as Edward Said, Fredric Jameson and Raymond Williams, while considering the major trends in contemporary cultural studies and giving significant attention to relevant developments in such disciplines as ethnology and sociology. Secular Vocations ranges over materials from Britain, France and the US, knitting them together in a synthesis that places, in bold relief, many of the major controversies in contemporary intellectual life. It concludes with a plea for what Robbins calls comparative cosmopolitanism to displace the more militantly particularist projects that have come to dominate the human sciences.

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