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Scandals and Scoundrels Seven Cases That Shook the Academy

ISBN-10: 0520242491
ISBN-13: 9780520242494
Edition: 2004
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Description: Ron Robin takes an intriguing look at the shifting nature of academic and public discourse in this incisive consideration of recent academic scandals--including charges of plagiarism against Stephen Ambrose, Derek Freeman's attempt to debunk  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Ron Robin takes an intriguing look at the shifting nature of academic and public discourse in this incisive consideration of recent academic scandals--including charges of plagiarism against Stephen Ambrose, Derek Freeman's attempt to debunk Margaret Mead's research, Michael Bellesiles's alleged fabrication of an early America without weapons, Joseph Ellis's imaginary participation in major historical events of the 1960s, Napoleon Chagnon's creation and manipulation of a "Stone Age people," and accusations that Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchuacute;'s testimony on the Maya holocaust was in part fiction.Scandals and Scoundrelsmakes the case that, contrary to popular imagery, we're not living in particularly deviant times and there is no fundamental flaw permeating a decadent academy. Instead, Robin argues, latter-day scandals are media events, tailored for the melodramatic and sensationalist formats of mass mediation. In addition, the contentious and uninhibited nature of cyberdebates fosters acrimonious exposure. Ron convincingly demonstrates that scandals are part of a necessary process of rule making and reinvention rather than a symptom of the bankruptcy of the scientific enterprise.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction Scholarly Scandals: Why Do They Happen?
Scandals in History
Plagiarism and the Demise of Gatekeepers
Arming America" and the Right to Bear Arms
Joseph Ellis, the Protean Historian
Scandals in Anthropology
Derek Freeman and "the Fateful Hoaxing of Margaret Mead"
The Yanomami Controversy
Rigoberta Mench� and the Making of the Maya Holocaust
The Necessary Scandal
Sokal's Hoax and the "linguistic Left"
What Do the Scandals Mean?
Notes
Index

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