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The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind

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An eye-opening critique of the identity-based revolution that has transformed American campuses and its effect on politics and society today.

The 1960s and ’70s were a time of dramatic upheaval in American universities as a new generation of scholar-activists rejected traditional humanism in favor of a radical ideology that denied esthetic merit and objective truth. In The
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Published September 4th 2012 by Broadside e-books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Su
As a college women's studies major, and a veteran of graduate school in English Literature, I am highly conversant with the excesses and absurdities of both fields, and I enjoy a good skewering of them as much as anybody. Nobody who has, as I have, sat through a distinguished visiting scholar giving a paper on Monica Lewinsky and The Scarlet Letter can claim the discipline is beyond reproach.

The Victims' Revolution is better than most in that its overview of second-wave feminism is accurate and
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Leah
An in depth book about how a liberal education is anything but in today's universities. Bawer goes through the many different 'group' studies, from Women's Blacks, Hispanics, Gays and onto the newer smaller groups - fat studies, men studies.
At times it was a painful read - although I'm guessing it was more painful for Bawer to sit through these lectures and symposiums.

It has been noted that once a group exists - even if they accomplish their original goal - they will not disband - they will simp
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Rachel
This is an important and valuable book. That is not to say I agree with its entire contents, but it's very well-written and the arguments are clearly stated. Bawer focuses on identity studies, an academic discipline that arose from the ashes of 1960s activism. And therein lies the problem - academic disciplines that pretend to be about intellectual research, criticism, and analysis, are really just thinly-disguised systems of political indoctrination. That would be fine for a community-based org ...more
Heidi Campbell
Excellently written and eye-opening expose. Explains how the "Identity studies" academic movement has been changing the face of the Humanities & Liberal Arts into "illiberal" theories, with jargon and dogma, and little if any room for varying opinions. In clear, well researched, very readable prose, and not lacking for humor, the author shows the irony of post-modern "social constructionism." He does a thorough job of demonstrating how the theorists, proponents and instructors of these "iden ...more
Greg Perciak
Homocon Bruce Bawer is an esteemed culture critic and essayist on the political right. In this book, which is academic in tone, he summarizes the history of women's studies, black studies, Chicano/a studies and Queer studies. He spends the most time on women's studies, perhaps because it is the most developed "theory," I don't know. I can't say how accurate it is because I don't know the literature. I'd rather research the nutritional requirements of the opossum before reading anything on femini ...more
Heather
It's another Decline of Western Civilization Via Higher Education tome, this time with identity politics as the culprit. I don't know if everything boils down to a capitalist vs. Marxist contest but he does bring evidence to the table.

He does seem to believe--and I agree--that some of the studies cited started out as very worthwhile (black studies as my favorite example). Their decline into "It's all the fault of the White Heterosexual Man! And we must overthrow him!" is made all the more tragic
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Estelle
Bawer delivers a powerful critique of the rise of identity politics in instituions of higher education across America. Whereas in the past, a classic liberal arts education entailed studying the great literature, history, art, and philosophy of Western Civilization, now in today's "politically correct" environment, undistinguished minority authors and artists replace the "dead white males", and capitalism, democracy, and individual liberty are denounced as systems of oppression. Ironically, rath ...more
Steve
The Victim's Revolution should be required reading for everyone before enroling in any Arts Faculty today.
As Bawer makes clear, bigotry has become mainstream in the humanities...though he does seem to underestimate the backlash. This book will be a powerful part of it.
E. Scott
Pretty good book on the state of higher education in America, and what that means for the culture.
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College kids ain't shit.
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