Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Anti-Intellectualism in the Age of Contested Knowledge Production: Perpetual Inaction, When Ideas Constrain Discourse
by Benn, Jesse, M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2015, 212; 1600506
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is a qualitative, critical inquiry, which demarcates a new era of anti- intellectualism. By using think tanks as a heuristic device, two new conceptual terms, each meant to capture prevailing iterations of anti-intellectualism in contemporary society, are offered. Once established, a case study examines changes to the University of Colorado’s nondiscrimination policy. This provides insight into the ways this new era of anti-intellectualism and its new dimensions impact institutions of knowledge production. The corrupting influence of money and politics on the production of intellectual ideas has come to define modern anti-intellectualism, and the problematic impacts of this milieu are documented here. Ultimately, the production of politically or financially motivated ideas has contested more disinterested and intellectual knowledge production, leaving a field of perpetual inaction, as scientific controversies are settled, but politicians and citizens refuse to accept them based on partisan political grounds, a hyper-capitalist mindset, and the glaring influence of ideology.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McDevitt, Michael
Commitee: Sassower, Raphael, Tracey, Michael
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: Journalism
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Pedagogy, Cognitive psychology, Mass communications
Keywords: Anti-intellectualism, Critical studies, Cultural studies, Social control, Think tanks, Universities
Publication Number: 1600506
ISBN: 978-1-339-09420-5
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