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The Politics of Knowledge: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Justice Work in Higher Education Institutions

Timothy J. Shaffer

Abstract


The author argues that social justice is a topic that few in higher education oppose, but there are structural challenges for university faculty members and academic professionals engaging social justice issues. By exploring four dimensions of the university—institutional mission, academic scholarship, professional identity, and pedagogical approaches—the author argues for a rethinking of how we approach these dimensions of our work. Finally, the author identifies other fields of scholarship and practice that can help to address our must pressing public problems in which social justice issues at the center. 

The author argues that social justice is a topic that few in higher education oppose, but there are structural challenges for university faculty members and academic professionals engaging social justice issues. By exploring four dimensions of the university—institutional mission, academic scholarship, professional identity, and pedagogical approaches—the author argues for a rethinking of how we approach these dimensions of our work. Finally, the author identifies other fields of scholarship and practice that can help to address our must pressing public problems in which social justice issues at the center. 


Keywords


Civic Engagement; Civic Studies; Knowledge

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