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Ivory Tower Blues: A University System in Crisis Hardcover – May 26, 2007

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From the Back Cover

'James E. Côté and Anton L. Allahar have written a powerful examination of the millennial generation embedded in the context of university life and experiences.Ivory Tower Blueswill stir the imagination and promote discussion of the college experience, the nature of youth, and the implications of our educational system during the college years.'

-Gerald R. Adams, Professor of Family Relations and Human Development, University of Guelph

About the Author

James E. Côté is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.



Anton L. Allahar is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 2nd Revised edition edition (May 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802091814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802091819
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,872,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lionel G. Standing on November 23, 2015
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This is a very factual, well-documented indictment of the way that higher education in recent years has been largely corrupted by financial pressures and a cultural malaise. Certainly it is a jeremiad, but one written by two experts with all the facts at their fingertips.
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When I was doing the research for my book "The Five-Year Party" this book was a real eye-opener about why quality was deteriorating and why parents were paying more and more for an education that provides less and less. Its description of students' attitudes towards education - they want high grades but don't want to do any work - described the problem perfectly.

While the book is a little dense at times -- after all, it was writted by two sociology professors - it should be required reading for all parents about to send their children to college.
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