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The Good University

What universities actually do and why it’s time for radical change

By Raewyn Connell

$29.95

The higher education industry might seem like it’s booming, with over 100 million students in universities worldwide and funds flowing in like never before. But the truth is that these institutions have never been unhappier places to work. Corporate-style management, cost-cutting governments, mobilisations by angry students and strikes by disgruntled faculty members have all taken their toll — in almost every country around the world. It’s no wonder that there is talk of ‘universities in crisis.’

But what should a ‘good university’ look like? In this inspiring new work, Raewyn Connell asks us to consider just that, challenging us to rethink the fundamentals of what universities do. Drawing on the examples offered by pioneering universities and educational reformers around the world, Connell outlines a practical vision for how our universities can become both more engaging and more productive places, driven by social good rather than profit, and which can help to build fairer societies.

About the Author

Raewyn Connell is Professor Emerita at the University of Sydney and is one of Australia’s leading social scientists. Her work has been translated into nineteen languages, and she is a long-term participant in the labour and peace movements. Her recent books are Southern Theory (2007), about social thought beyond the global metropole; Gender: In World Perspective (with Rebecca Pearse, 2015); and El género en serio: Cambio global, vida personal, luchas sociales (2015).