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Book Review: The Left Academy: Marxist Scholarship on American Campuses, Volume 3, edited by Bertell Ollman and Edward Vernoff. New York: Praeger, 1986

Critical Sociology , Volume 14 (2): 128 – Jul 1, 1987

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Sage Publications
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Copyright © 1987 by SAGE Publications
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0896-9205
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0896-9205
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10.1177/089692058701400207
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Book Review: The Left Academy: Marxist Scholarship on American Campuses, Volume 3, edited by Bertell Ollman and Edward Vernoff. New York: Praeger, 1986

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128 Book ReviewThe Left Academy: Marxist Scholarship on American Campuses, Volume 3, edited by Bertell Ollman and Edward Vernoff. New York: Praeger, 1986 SAGE Publications, Inc.1987DOI: 10.1177/089692058701400207 E.T. Silva This collection of essays is an interesting and useful book, albeit with a somewhat misleading subtitle. Whereas the first volume of this series covered the Left Academy's social sciences, and the second, its `humanities', this third work gathers together nine academic specialties that didn't quite fit within those two mansions. Each specialty is presented in a clearly written essay containing a lengthy bibliography of recent work. These essays offer quick access to specialized literatures of great interest to sociologists, and are ideal introductions for advanced students and faculty. Indeed, taken as a whole, The Left Academy in its three volumes amounts to an encyclopedic survey of left-of-center U.S. scholarship over the last 15 (or so) years. However, as in the previous volumes of this series, the essays seem not to be as sharply focused on Marxist scholarship as the subtitle suggests. For example, Lise Vogel's quite succinct discussion of recent feminist scholarship refuses to draw distinctions between 'Marxist- feminist' works and 'other' works. Accordingly, she organizes her essay in
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