The Archaeology of Academia
This book focuses on problems related to more specific issues, such as the nature of student life and accommodations, architectural form and function, medical ethics, sanitary reforms, social control, “forbidden” activities, the construction of sport facilities, and the power of images of the past in constructing present reality. The scale of the inquiry does not equate with the significance of its results. The book explores different aspects of the academic past through an examination of the sites of structures and activities associated with academic institutions across the United States. The projects from which these works emerged resulted from different circumstances. The contents of the book make it clear that the archaeology of academia is hardly a coherent research topic with a fixed research agenda and a single theoretical stance.
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