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Rethinking Campus LifeActivism, Athletics, and Student Life at State Colleges in the 1950s and 1960s

Rethinking Campus Life: Activism, Athletics, and Student Life at State Colleges in the 1950s and... [This chapter explores campus life at state colleges in the 1950s and 1960s. Contemporary studies usually reported that students on these campuses eschewed active involvement in college life in favor of earning a degree and securing a job. As this chapter argues, however, students on these campuses built active student cultures, in great measure by advocating for football and athletics. In doing so, these students embraced the student life they saw on other campuses and argued that their campuses were real colleges. By the 1960s, they also embraced athletics as a way to push their campuses to be more open to diverse groups of students. Far from being uninterested in campus life, these students embraced active college lives that shaped their institutions in dramatic ways.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Rethinking Campus LifeActivism, Athletics, and Student Life at State Colleges in the 1950s and 1960s

Part of the Historical Studies in Education Book Series
Editors: Ogren, Christine A.; VanOverbeke, Marc A.
Rethinking Campus Life — Jul 20, 2018

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
ISBN
978-3-319-75613-4
Pages
213 –235
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75614-1_10
Publisher site
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Abstract

[This chapter explores campus life at state colleges in the 1950s and 1960s. Contemporary studies usually reported that students on these campuses eschewed active involvement in college life in favor of earning a degree and securing a job. As this chapter argues, however, students on these campuses built active student cultures, in great measure by advocating for football and athletics. In doing so, these students embraced the student life they saw on other campuses and argued that their campuses were real colleges. By the 1960s, they also embraced athletics as a way to push their campuses to be more open to diverse groups of students. Far from being uninterested in campus life, these students embraced active college lives that shaped their institutions in dramatic ways.]

Published: Jul 20, 2018

Keywords: State University Archives; footballFootball; alumniAlumni; Black studentsBlack Students; Sacramento State

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