Mistaken Identities: The Second Wave of Controversy Over "political Correctness"

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Cyril Levitt, Scott Davies, Neil McLaughlin
P. Lang, Jan 1, 1999 - Political Science - 339 pages
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"Political correctness" refers to initiatives of feminists, multiculturalists, and postmodernists to promote cultural sensitivity and protections against harassment. In the past five years, a second wave of controversy over political correctness has unveiled a core of enduring problems that strike at the heart of liberal democracy. Contributors from the center to the left of the political spectrum examine challenges posed by political correctness to individual rights, universalism and equality, and science and reason. The editor is affiliated with McMaster University, Canada. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Contents

Two Waves of Debate over Rights Regulation and Reason
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There Ought to Be a Law Sexual Harassment and the Drive for
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Paradoxes of Equality
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Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Cyril Levitt is the chair of the Committee on Prejudice of the IPA. He trained at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis and chairs its Library and Archives Committee. For thirty six years he has been a professor in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University and is a past chair of that department. He is the Director of the Lawrence Krader Research Project at McMaster University. Prof. Levitt is also a psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto.

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