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The Imperial UniversityAcademic Repression and Scholarly Dissent$
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Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680894

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680894.001.0001

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Introduction The Imperial University

Introduction The Imperial University

Race, War, and the Nation-State

(p.1) Introduction The Imperial University
The Imperial University

Piya Chatterjee

Sunaina Maira

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter demonstrates the ways in which the academy’s role in supporting state policies is crucial, even—and particularly—as a presumably liberal institution. As U.S. military and overseas interventions are increasingly framed as humanitarian wars, it is liberal ideologies of gender, religion, sexuality, pluralism, and democracy that are important to uphold. The university is a key battleground in these culture wars and in producing as well as contesting knowledge about the state of the nation. The chapter also provides an analysis of the foundational linkages between the U.S. academy and the imperial nation-state needs to be critically scrutinized, especially in the post-9/11 moment. It notes that overseas imperial interventions are linked to domestic repression, policing, and containment which penetrate the university.

Keywords:   academy, liberal institution, military, overseas intervention, humanitarian wars, university, culture wars, domestic repression, policing

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