Knowledge Production, Publicness, and the Structural Transformation of the University: An Interview with Craig Calhoun

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Abstract

Calhoun is interviewed regarding the relationship of his work on the university to his other research interests. Calhoun elaborates on his hope for a debate over transformations in the structure of the university that is much more sensitive to the public role universities play and the importance of the collective goods they create. In the process he articulates the possibilities for an institutional analysis of the university that meets scholarly standards of knowledge production while remaining engaged with central issues that arise out of institutional transformation. By situating universities in relationship with the public sphere, Calhoun provides a basis for debates about the transformation of the university to overcome the structured and structuring dispositions of the participants, while remaining grounded in social and historical analysis-an approach that can be considered an alternative public sociology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-114
Number of pages12
JournalThesis Eleven
Volume84
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Craig Calhoun
  • critical theory
  • public goods
  • public sphere
  • university

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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