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Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of the American University, 1880?1980

Christopher Newfield

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ISBN 10: 0822332019 / ISBN 13: 9780822332015
Published by Duke University Press Books, 2004
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Title: Ivy and Industry: Business and the Making of...

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

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Emphasizing how profoundly the American research university has been shaped by business and the humanities alike, Ivy and Industry is a vital contribution to debates about the corporatization of higher education in the United States. Christopher Newfield traces major trends in the intellectual and institutional history of the research university from 1880 to 1980. He pays particular attention to the connections between the changing forms and demands of American business and the cultivation of a university-trained middle class. He contends that by imbuing its staff and students with seemingly opposed ideas-of self-development on the one hand and of an economic system existing prior to and inviolate of their own activity on the other-the university has created a deeply conflicted middle class.Newfield views management as neither inherently good nor bad, but rather as a challenge to and tool for negotiating modern life. In Ivy and Industry he integrates business and managerial philosophies from Taylorism through Tom Peters's "culture of excellence" with the speeches and writings of leading university administrators and federal and state education and science policies. He discusses the financial dependence on industry and government that was established in the university's early years and the equal influence of liberal arts traditions on faculty and administrators. He describes the arrival of a managerial ethos on campus well before World War II, showing how managerial strategies shaped even fields seemingly isolated from commerce, like literary studies. Demonstrating that business and the humanities have each had a far stronger impact on higher education in the United States than is commonly thought, Ivy and Industry is the dramatic story of how universities have approached their dual mission of expanding the mind of the individual while stimulating economic growth.


"In this compellingly argued book, Christopher Newfield puts current discussions of the corporatization of higher education in a completely new and historically informed light. As Newfield shows, the marriage of ivy and industry is both older and more complex than current critiques of the university have suggested."

"[E]normously appealing. . . ."
--Roger W. Bowen," Academe"

"[O]ne of the most important books on class published during the last several years."
--Andrew Hoberek," American Literature"

"[A] carefully researched study. . . . [T]imely and clear discussion about a debatable topic."
--Leroy Hommerding," Library Journal"

"This book has some fine moments and interesting insights for the patient reader. . . ."
--Jane Robbins, "History of Education Quarterly"

"This is a good book on an important topic. A reader puts it down with greater awareness of the issues currently facing higher education"
--Henry J. Bruton, "EH.Net"

"[An] absorbing historical account. . . . [Newfield's] observations are insightful and support his opinion that humanism and management are in conflict. . . ."
--Cindy Kryszak, "Foreword"

"Newfield's book gives us a . . . complex and convincing account of the place of the university in American society. . . . Ivy and Industry captures [the] conflicted role and explains how it has been played out in discourses about the university."
--David R. Shumay, "The Minnesota Review"

"[T]he most striking recent reconception of the American university. A hybrid of theoretical and historical accounts, it presents an original and compelling argument that the American university developed by adapting American business techniques."
--Jeffrey J. Williams, "American Literary History"

"[A] provocative work. It offers humanists a way to think about the dilemmas their disciplines face in an increasingly technological environment. And it offers scientists, technologists, and historians of science and technology an opportunity to see their domains from a perspective rather different from their own."
--Albert H. Teich, "Technology and Culture"

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