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How to Be an IntellectualEssays on Criticism, Culture, and the University$
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Jeffrey J. Williams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263806

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263806.001.0001

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Credibility and Criticism:

Credibility and Criticism:

On Walter Benn Michaels

(p.57) Seven Credibility and Criticism
How to Be an Intellectual

Jeffrey J. Williams

Fordham University Press

This essay challenges Walter Benn Michaels' position on cultural politics. Michaels' argues for class over diversity, but the problem is Michaels' ethos: he has little credibility in actual political work, so his argument is merely academic rather than a model to emulate.

Keywords:   Walter Benn Michaels, Against diversity, Cultural politics

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