Rethinking Private Higher Education

Ethnographic Perspectives


Editor: Daniele Cantini
Rethinking Private Higher Education takes the university as a core institution in modern nation states, which is currently undergoing a serious revision. It offers fresh insights into the actual meaning of ‘private’ in different higher education contexts, contributing to a deeper understanding of the actual effects of global policies in local contexts through ethnographies. This book explores how private universities were established, their context and history, and their changing business models and operations. The strengths of this book are its ethnographic detail, which shows the complexity and fast changing forms of private higher education, and its reluctance to jump to simplified labelling of public and private. It is a model for further ethnographic studies of local developments in higher education. Contributors are: Ayça Alemdaroğlu, Daniele Cantini, Carmela Chávez Irigoyen, Enrico Ille, Sylvie Mazzella, Alexander Mitterle, Annemarie Profanter, and Susan Wright.
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Table of contents

List of Figures Acknowledgements Notes on contributors Introduction: Rethinking Private Higher Education Daniele Cantini Chapter 1: The Global Trade in Higher Education Ayça Alemdaroğlu Chapter 2: The Free Market and Higher Education Carmela Chávez Irigoyen Chapter 3: Challenges and Stakes in the Construction of a Private Market in Higher Education in Tunisia Sylvie Mazzella Chapter 4: Political, Financial and Moral Aspects of Sudan's Private Higher Education Enrico Ille Chapter 5: Private Universities and the State in Egypt at a Time of Social and Political Change Daniele Cantini Chapter 6: University is a Private Matter Annemarie Profanter Chapter 7: Stratification of Higher Education in German Private Higher Education Alexandre Mitterle Afterword Susan Wright Index


The volume is of interest to social scientists interested in ethnographic analyses of private universities, and anyone concerned with the layering of public and private in the contemporary world.