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    DescriptionSome observers see American academia as a bastion of leftist groupthink that indoctrinates students and silences conservative voices. Others see a protected enclave that naturally produces free-thinking, progressive intellectuals. Both views are self-serving, says Neil Gross, but neither is correct. Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? explains how academic liberalism became a self-reproducing phenomenon, and why Americans on both the left and right should take notice. Academia employs a higher percentage of liberals than nearly any other profession. But the usual explanations--hiring bias against conservatives, correlations of liberal ideology with high intelligence--do not hold up to scrutiny. Drawing on a range of original research, statistics, and interviews, Gross argues that "political typing" plays an overlooked role in shaping academic liberalism. For historical reasons, the professoriate developed a reputation for liberal politics early in the twentieth century. As this perception spread, it exerted a self-selecting influence on bright young liberals, while deterring equally promising conservatives. Most professors' political views formed well before they stepped behind the lectern for the first time. Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? shows how studying the political sympathies of professors and their critics can shed light not only on academic life but on American politics, where the modern conservative movement was built in no small part around opposition to the "liberal elite" in higher education. This divide between academic liberals and nonacademic conservatives makes accord on issues as diverse as climate change, immigration, and foreign policy more difficult.


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    Title
    Why are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Neil Gross
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780674059092
    ISBN 10: 0674059093
    Classifications

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    B&T General Subject: 340
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    LC classification: LB2331.72 .G76 2013
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    Illustrations note
    3 line illustrations, 1 graph, 5 tables
    Publisher
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    09 April 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    Neil Gross is Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia.
    Review quote
    In this engaging book, Neil Gross uses a dizzying range of evidence to take apart many common beliefs. He shows--among many other things--that professors are less liberal than pundits claim, that today's younger professors are less radical than older ones, and that it is not so much that academia turns people liberal as that liberals are attracted to academia. The book cements Gross's reputation as one of the most interesting sociologists of his generation.--Mario Small, University of Chicago