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Review of Immigrant Nations - Paul Scheffer

Satisfactory

“Academic Prejudice”

published 20/10/2011

Thought provoking and interesting to read

Some rather nasty prejudices are dressed up in academic jargon here, weird English in translation

...Paul Scheffer, a Dutch academic, sets out to address the "problems" caused by immigration from developing countries to Western Europe and the US. Immigrant Nations was first published in the Netherlands in 2007 but has been translated into English this year. This book is a development of earlier pontifications on tensions between Dutch born people and Muslim immigrants, starting in 2000...

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Review of Stylish Academic Writing - Helen Sword

Good

An admirable aim of improving academic writing, easy to read and well illustrated

Short on concrete suggestions and I don't agree with all her criticisms

...It sometimes surprises those who know little of the workings of academia that the lecturers entrusted to teach students receive little, if any, formal pedagogical training. What ? on reflection ? seems almost equally surprising is that most academics, for all their focus on writing and publishing research, get very little training in writing either. Most learn simply by imitating those they read...

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Review of The Unseen Academicals - Terry Pratchett

Excellent

It's very funny, and oh so true!

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..., but it's a big building with cellars and strong walls for keeping people out (or in?) and strange mediaeval customs, and fancy dress, so there's not a lot of difference. Then there's the University proper: the academics. They know nothing about the vats where the candles are artistically made and melted. They know nothing about the kitchens so long as they function and provide 5 to 8 good meals...

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