Academic Tribes and Territories: Intellectual Enquiry and the Culture of Disciplines

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Society for Research into Higher Education & Open University Press, 2001 - Education, Higher - 238 pages
Acclaim for the first edition of Academic Tribes and Territories:

'...Becher's insistence upon in-depth analysis of the extant literature while reporting his own sustained research doubled the thickness of the material to be covered...Academic Tribes and Territories is a superb addition to the literature on higher education...There is here an education to be had.'
(Burton R. Clark, Higher Education)

'...Becher's landmark work. The higher education community - both practitioners and educational researchers - need to assimilate and to heed the message of this important and insightful book.'
(Alan E. Bayer, Journal of Higher Education)

'a bold approach to a theory of academic relations...The result is a debt to him {Becher} for all students of higher education.'
(The Times Educational Supplement)

'a classic in its field...The book is readily accessible to any member of the academic profession, but it also adds significantly to a specialist understanding of the internal life of higher education institutions in Britain and North America. I confidently predict that it will appear prominently on citation indices for many years.'
(Gareth Williams, Studies in Higher Education)

How do academics perceive themselves and colleagues in their own disciplines, and how do they rate those in other subjects? How closely related are their intellectual tasks and their ways of organizing their professional lives? What are the interconnections between academic cultures and the nature of disciplines? Academic Tribes and Territories maps academic knowledge and explores the diverse characteristics of those who inhabit and cultivate it.

This second edition provides a thorough update to Tony Becher's classic text, first published in 1989, and incorporates research findings and new theoretical perspectives. Fundamental changes in the nature of higher education and in the academic's role are reviewed and their significance for academic cultures is assessed. This edition moves beyond the first edition's focus on elite universities and the research role to examine academic cultures in lower status institutions internationally and to place a new emphasis on issues of gender and ethnicity. This second edition successfully renews a classic in the field of higher education.

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Points of Departure
The pieces of the patchwork
Characteristics of subject matter

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About the author (2001)

Tony Becher was Professor of Education at the University of Sussex. Paul Trowler is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Educational Research at Lancaster University.

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