Examining Social Theory: Crossing Borders/reflecting Back

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Daniel Ethan Chapman
Peter Lang, 2010 - Education - 289 pages
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This collection of essays introduces multiple social theories through discussions of ideas across national borders. In each of the nine sections, the first chapter introduces a theory in a context outside of the United States. The second chapter then responds to the first by refocusing the discussion inside the United States. It has long been understood that it is difficult to perceive one’s own context as contingent on culture and history, thus, exploring social phenomena in a different context assists in perceiving the dynamics at play. Ultimately, though, social theory should be used to analyze one’s own environment and understand how class, race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc., inform one’s own culture. Examining Social Theory: Crossing Borders/ Reflecting Back brings together diverse perspectives on similarities and differences across borders and cultures, and provides a structure in which they juxtapose, align, contrast, and reverberate – the better for us to study, discuss, and understand.
 

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Contents

Paradise and Capitalism
1
Class in the United States
19
New Relations or Familiar Hierarchies?
37
A Peace Corps Education in Libya
55
Speaking Culture Power and Economics
67
History Hegemony and Linguistic
83
Naming Ourselves Against Violence
99
Jewish Identity in White and Black
115
Gender Violence Dialogue and Pedagogy
159
Feminist Consciousness Transnationalism
175
Apartheid Democracy and Critique
189
Critical Race Theory Educational Equity and Democracy in the US
209
Transcending the Mirror
227
Taking Responsibility for the Unconscious and Caputos Notion
243
Culture and Classrooms
257
A Complicated
271

Hiding and Seeking
129
Veiling the Queer
145

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The Editor: Daniel Ethan Chapman is a professor of curriculum studies at Georgia Southern University, and a documentary filmmaker. His research interests include postcolonial studies, documentary studies, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy.

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