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How are popular opinions and well-known academics perceived in academia (social sciences)? Examples inside
posted by ichomp to Education (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
How are the opinions of someone like Paul Krugman or Jeffrey Sachs perceived in academia? I am curious as to how colleagues view the work of academics that are "famous" among the general public, particularly if their opinion is polarizing and publicly discussed (or Disqus'd).
This question was inspired by the feeling that public opinion is somehow usually "wrong" or so basic that they miss the heart of the issue entirely. For example:
Public opinion: Lincoln started the Civil War to abolish slavery.
Academia: The Civil War was fought over the issue of federal vs. state and keeping the union together.
Public opinion: Abortion is controversial because of religion and male dominance.
Academia: The legality of abortion is hinged on the definition of life and when it starts.
Public opinion: Democracy in African countries is unstable due to ethnic conflicts and different ethnicities can't agree.
Academia: It is not so much that ethnicities hate each other as much as people expect more future goods and trust their coethnics more.
1) How are popular opinions perceived in academia?
2) How are the polarizing and salient opinions of academics perceived among their colleagues?