chapter  11
Multiversities and academic identities: change, continuities, and complexities
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For much of the twentieth century, universities were regarded as relatively stable, bounded institutions with important but distinctive functions, fulfilled through distinctive forms of organization and substantial degrees of autonomy, as least as far as their core tasks of research, scholarship, and teaching were concerned. They were academic institutions operating under academic regimes, of value to society but within a defined field. It is true that in the USA, conceptions of the university were changing but they remained contested.