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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550023454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550023459
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,374,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cude's writing is engaging throughout, and even his harshest comments are phrased elegantly."

(Brian Martin Higher Education Review 2002-01-01)

"The sound you hear as you read his book is not the hammering of yet another nail into our coffin. He's one of us. It's a wake-up call, a heads-up message to ostriches unaware that they may be in vulnerable position. We would do well to heed it."

(W. Lambert Gardiner Books in Canada 2002-07-01)

When The Ph.D. Trap was first published in 1987, it hit academe like a bombshell. Wilfred Cude dared to pull back the veil of graduate school life to expose the harsh realities of modern advanced study. Using statistics, academic history, and diverse intellectual traditions, Cude revealed the Ph.D. program in most disciplines to be savage, mechanical, and cruel - an exploitative construct that often frustrates legitimate intellectual inquiry, shatters viable career expectations, and mangles personal and professional relations.

In the years since, an outpouring of books, articles, and statistical data delineating serious weaknesses in contemporary higher education has provided a wealth of evidence supporting Cude's original thesis.

The Ph.D. Trap Revisited amplifies Cude's arguments, with a synthesis and analysis of new data and information. Topics examined include the grad school numbers game, the rogue professor, muddles in methodology, the perils of apprenticeship, ethics and economics, existing alternatives, and recommendations for change.

In an age of increasingly unchecked proliferation of the Ph.D. degree throughout academic institutions in the western world, Cude's work is a tonic.

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This book lays bare the faults of the Ph.D. program, showing that in most disciplines it is savage, mechanical, and cruel.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teebs on November 29, 2014
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This is a significant contribution to help illuminate a poorly known subject. Few people realise that post-graduate "students" actually "work" rather than "study". Yet they have none of the protection enjoyed by students, nor the rights of employees. People in this twilight zone betwixt student and employee are entirely at the mercy of their academic supervisors, who wield sweeping powers. Academic institutions are not idyllic ivory towers of gentle enlightened souls. They suffer the weaknesses of all human establishments, and such powers are open to abuse. This text lays bare this reality and, with the use of case studies, shows just how academic power has been and can be abused with impunity.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Turtlelk on January 16, 2014
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Not what I was looking for. It enlightened me on sleep problems. But really was what I thought it would be.
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