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In Defense of DisciplinesInterdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University$
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Jerry A. Jacobs

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226069296

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226069463.001.0001

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(p.123) 7 Antidisciplinarity
In Defense of Disciplines

Jerry A. Jacobs

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 7 considers the question of whether successful interdisciplinary lines of inquiry will congeal into new research fields or disciplinary subspecialties. The analysis suggests that the enduring success of any interdisciplinary system will require the recreation of established organizational forms. The discussion emphasizes the importance of research communities to the vitality of the current disciplinary system. The emphasis here is on the role of disciplines or discipline-like units as functioning intellectual, social, career and political systems. The chapter includes a discussion of multiple meanings of the term “integration.” Chapter 7 also considers the theme of antidisciplinarity that is evident in the writings of some scholars in this area, as well as a brief review of extant interdisciplinary doctoral degree programs.

Keywords:   interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, postdisciplinary, knowledge integration, academic freedom

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