#4 Institutions and Lived Experience in the Study of Interdiscipl
Jr., William H. Sewell | January 2017
Jerry Jacobs is highly skeptical about the supposed benefits of interdisciplinarity, at least as these are trumpeted in current academic circles. Harvey Graff has devoted his life to interdisciplinary scholarship and has been a leading figure in interdisciplinary programs at more than one university. One would therefore expect their books to reach utterly different conclusions. Yet they agree that disciplines are far from the noncommunicating “silos” often invoked by academic champions of interdisciplinarity, that many interdisciplinary programs are less impressive than claimed, and that the disciplines need to be defended against administrators who would use the supposed need for greater interdisciplinarity as a means of centralizing power. Although Graff denies being ambivalent about interdisciplinarity, he is, in practice, nearly as skeptical about most claims to interdisciplinary glory as is Jacobs.
CitationJr., William H. Sewell. 2017. #4 Institutions and Lived Experience in the Study of Interdiscipl. © Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/7375.
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