A Dangerous Place to Be: Identity, Conflict, and Trauma in Higher Education

A Dangerous Place to Be: Identity, Conflict, and Trauma in Higher Education

By: Matthew H. Bowker (author), David P. Levine (author)Paperback

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Over the past several decades, colleges and universities in the United States and United Kingdom have made significant commitments to increasing diversity, most notably regarding race and gender. The result has not, however, been an amelioration of conflict over matters of difference. Instead, there has been continuing, if not increasing, conflict and strife in universities, often reflecting conflict in the larger society. A Dangerous Place to Be examines identity-based conflict in colleges and universities, analyzing the actions of students, teachers, administrators, and educational organizations as efforts to manage dilemmas and disturbances arising in the process of identity formation.

About Author

Matthew H. Bowker is Clinical Assistant Professor of Humanities at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. Educated at Columbia University and the University of Maryland, College Park, he brings psychoanalytic, literary, and intellectual-historical approaches to topics in political theory. He has published numerous papers on social theory, ethics, and pedagogy and is the author of several books on the psycho-politics of contemporary life, including: 'Ideologies of Experience: Trauma, Failure, Deprivation, and the Abandonment of the Self', 'D.W. Winnicott and Political Theory: Recentering the Subject' (with A. Buzby), 'Rethinking the Politics of Absurdity: Albert Camus, Postmodernity, and the Survival of Innocence', 'Escargotesque, or, What Is Experience?', 'Albert Camus and the Political Philosophy of the Absurd: Ambivalence, Resistance, and Creativity', and 'Ostranenie: On Shame and Knowing'. David P. Levine is Professor Emeritus in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He holds a PhD in economics from Yale University and a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Scholarship from the Colorado Center for Psychoanalytic Studies. Prior to his retirement, he held academic positions at Yale University and the University of Denver. In addition to his work in political economy, he has published numerous books in the field of applied psychoanalysis, including most recently 'Psychoanalysis, Society, and the Inner World: On Embedded Meaning in Politics and Social Conflict', 'Psychoanalytic Studies of Creativity, Greed, and Fine Art: Making Contact with the Self', 'Object Relations, Work, and the Self', 'The Capacity for Civic Engagement: Public and Private Worlds of the Self', and 'The Capacity for Ethical Conduct: On Psychic Existence and the Way We Relate to Others'. He is a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations and served for several years as a member of the Executive Board of the Colorado Society for Psychology and Psychoanalysis.


Introduction 1. Private Space, Resilience, and Empathy 2. Trigger Warnings and Vicarious Engagement with Trauma 3. Safe Spaces and Free Speech 4. Collusion in the University Conclusion: The Diversity Fantasy References Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781782204992
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 118
  • ID: 9781782204992
  • weight: 260
  • ISBN10: 1782204997

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