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

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Respected author, critic, and essayist Bruce Bawer—whose previous book, While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West from Within, was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist—now offers a trenchant and sweeping critique of the sorry state of higher education since the campus revolutions of the late ’60s and early ’70s. I ...more
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Published September 4th 2012 by Broadside e-books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 27, 2012 Leah rated it really liked it
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
Aug 06, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 02, 2014 Heidi Campbell rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong ideas, some flaws

Bawer makes bold and pertinent points about the rise of identity studies and the intellectual laziness that is often found within those departments. From my own experience with women's and gender studies, he is right on the money. I left identity studies for anthropology once the misandry in the field became apparent, and it was a breath of fresh air to look at culture holistically instead of carving it up into tiny fragments, each with its own set of mind-police. However
Apr 16, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Justin Dell
The Humanities Have Been Hijacked

This is an apposite piece of investigative reporting on the deplorable state of higher education in the West, shedding light on the recent downward spiral of colleges in North America into a state of utter lunacy over such issues as 'safe spaces' and 'cultural appropriation'. This psychosis is the direct result of the cult of 'identity studies' that has taken the arts & humanities at most universities by storm. A priesthood of professors and their zealous aco
Alicia Fox
Jun 06, 2015 Alicia Fox rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book boils down to sh*t-talking about college liberalism by someone who knows his sh*t. In brief, most every department ending in “Studies” (Black Studies, Women’s Studies, Chicana/o Studies, etc.) had its origins in the social movements of the late 1960s. While the backers of these departments (students, members of the community) had good intentions, the departments themselves became run by “hustlers” and those with a Marxist agenda. (As much as I’d like to scream “OMG this is radical righ ...more
Oct 09, 2016 Benjamin rated it really liked it
I highly recommend.
Feb 12, 2016 Roy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sociology
Bawer has written well thought out, well researched books on our society in today's world. Whether talking about Christianity, Islam, or here, identity studies, he provides a well reasoned point of view backed with a great deal of research both from the written word and from personal experience. This book as a case in point was written based on reading the literature, books assigned in college classes, going to conferences, personal interviews,etc. He is stylistically a good writer keeping the r ...more
Greg Perciak
May 07, 2013 Greg Perciak rated it liked it
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
This book explores the "identity studies" popular in university humanities departments. These fields are based on pseudoscience, social constructionism, and postmodernism and contain more political propaganda and group therapy than serious academic research.

They have gained a foothold in these instutions by using threats of racist/sexist/homophobic accusations, and in some cases hunger strikes. No institution wants this kind of branding, so they are anxious to give into demands for such departme
Nov 24, 2012 Estelle rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
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
Jan 29, 2016 Kurtz rated it really liked it
For those who have seen the graphic evidence of what Bawer is talking about in ten thousand You Tube videos, it is good to have a well-researched and authoritative book on the subject. He dissects the victimhood beliefs of identity-politics and shows how the university system has become an indoctrination factory, blind to everything except its own ideology.
Oct 14, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
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.
Jeff Ford
Aug 30, 2015 Jeff Ford rated it liked it
A critical look at the victim movement and its hypocrisy and the poor quality of the associated academics. I found it interesting that the author identifies himself as a gay man several times. I guess labels are labels.
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