Repressive Tolerance Revamped? The Illiberal Embrace of Academic Freedom*

Andrew Ross

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    The offshore boom in campus branches has produced enough evidence to make an initial assessment of how well academic freedoms are being observed in the illiberal locations - East Asia and the Gulf states - that are now hosting Anglophone universities. Reviewing the history of American Association of University Professors (AAUP) policy making on the topic, and the circumstances under which a “gold rush” developed, this chapter analyzes the crackdown on speech in China and focuses on the case study of New York University Abu Dhabi, where a vigorous debate about freedoms and labor standards was followed by a series of conflicts with state authorities, resulting in violations of AAUP principles. Though it may be too early to offer conclusive arguments, the record of the liberal arts in illiberal places so far suggests that Herbert Marcuse’s “repressive tolerance” may be cropping up in new versions.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationAcademic Freedom
    Subtitle of host publicationAutonomy, Challenges and Conformation
    PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9781839098826
    ISBN (Print)9781839098833
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


    • AAUP
    • academic freedom
    • colleges and universities
    • higher education
    • policy
    • tolerance

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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