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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074252227X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742522275
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,471,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For twenty years, Daphne Patai, whose awareness of these bizarre phenomena grew out of her own bitter experience with the seamy side of women's studies, has been a courageous contrarian voice, challenging the anti-intellectualism and the old fashioned power-lust that the ethos of "politically committed" teaching and scholarship has visited on campus life. The essays in What Price Utopia? fully display the range and vigor of Patai's arguments and testify to the enduring strength of the liberal ideals of intellectual freedom and the inviolable sanctity of private life. She brings the good news that the best of the Enlightenment still lives if only we have the guts to defend it against the sneers of its trendy enemies. (Norman Levitt, Rutgers University, author of Higher Superstition and Prometheus Bedeviled)

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Daphne Patai is a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author and editor of a dozen books, including Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism; Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in WomenOs Studies; and TheoryOs Empire: An Anthology of Dissent.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Schwartz TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2009
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This is an excellent but, ultimately, sad collection of essays by Daphne Patai. It is sad because of the fact that it is generally so wise and so true. The politicization of the academy is, by now, an old subject, but it is no less real. What is particularly sad is the fact that traditional standards of argument (fact, logic, objectivity) are spurned in the putative interest of postmodern insight, while in fact these standards are spurned (and the insights were 'developed') because some of the arguments being advanced are not just false on their face, but bordering upon the absurd. If, indeed, all standards of argument must be jettisoned, then so too must argument itself. Nevertheless, the ideologues persist, seemingly utilizing those standards but undercutting them and refusing to accept them when they are used against them. The saddest thing of all is that they are seeking to indoctrinate students in their beliefs and ways. Daphne Patai is one of the brave opponents of the more extreme forms of these practices, but the simple fact is that the proponents of these practices depend upon them for their livelihood. They have been trained in these modes of 'thought' and dare not abandon them, since the institutional entities upon which their careers are built necessitate such 'thought', regardless of whether or not they hold water any longer or command respect any longer. This is all very sad, since one of the key purposes of the university is to challenge 'authority' when it has lost its force and credibility, not defend it when its 'authority' is palpably silly and/or enforced by Stalinist methods. What is a student to do in the face of 'totalizing' claims by people who deny the worth of totalizing claims or absolutist claims by people who proclaim the absoluteness of cultural relativism?Read more ›
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