Beyond Political Correctness: Toward the Inclusive University

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The term 'political correctness' has lately been transformed into a weapon of neoconservatism. Once used to poke fun at social movements and civil-rights groups for occasional lapses into rigidity, it has since become a popular handle for the neoconservative critique of higher education. Aimed at anti-racist and anti-sexist initiatives within universities, colleges, and other major social institutions, the term is used to discredit such innovations as employment equity, selective recruitment of students from ...
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1995 Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 0802050255. Minor Shelfwear; This book purports to take its readers beyond political correctness, beyond the predictable ... polarization of left and right, beyond the polemical hyperbole that has made rational debate a rarity in the culture wars that still beset us. Indeed, the editors explicitly claim to offer 'insight into the values, ideals, and motives of both sides' and thus to transcend the sterile and static opposition between affirmative action and merit, between human rights and academic freedom.; 9.75 x 1.25 x 6.5 Inches; 272 pages. Read more Show Less

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The term 'political correctness' has lately been transformed into a weapon of neoconservatism. Once used to poke fun at social movements and civil-rights groups for occasional lapses into rigidity, it has since become a popular handle for the neoconservative critique of higher education. Aimed at anti-racist and anti-sexist initiatives within universities, colleges, and other major social institutions, the term is used to discredit such innovations as employment equity, selective recruitment of students from groups that have suffered systemic discrimination, sexual harassment policies, and women's studies programs, casting these as forms of tyranny that destroy academic freedom and merit. This anthology is the first sociological analysis of political correctness and the first study of the phenomenon in Canada. Contributors argue on behalf of an inclusive university, showing that recent reforms not only work toward broadening human rights, but provide a welcome reorganization of knowledge. All but two papers have been written specifically for this text. Part One explores the history and social organization of the discourse, with the accent on Canadian material. The essays explore what the term has signified to different groups and to what ends they have used it. This section moves from an overview of political-correctness discourse to its explicit manifestation within universities in debates concerning academic ideals. Part Two looks at the classroom, a major site for building the inclusive university. Here, contributors explore feminist and anti-racist teaching and the limitations to such teaching imposed by the economic and political contexts of contemporary universities.
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A sociological analysis of the neo-conservative political correctness movement as it has manifested in Canadian institutions, contending that it has changed from a corrective satire of excessive zeal to a determined attempt to prevent diversity and equality. Five papers explore the history and social organization of the discourse, moving from its political theory to its expression in specific debates on academic ideals. Six more focus on the classroom, exploring feminist and anti- racist teaching and the constraints on it imposed by the economic and political context of today's universities. No index. Canadian call number: C95-930023-6. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802050250
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Pages: 232

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction: Political Correctness and the Inclusive University 3
'Politically Correct': An Ideological Code 23
PC Then and Now: Resignifying Political Correctness 51
Framing the 'Western Tradition' in Canadian PC Debates 88
Academic Freedom Is the Inclusive University 118
'Fit and Qualified': The Equity Debate at the University of Alberta 136
Diversity, Power, and Voice: The Antinomies of Progressive Education 165
Reaching the Men: Inclusion and Exclusion in Feminist Teaching 194
Re: Turning the Gaze 220
Understanding and Solidarity 237
Joining the Dialogue 251
Anti-Racist Education and Practice in the Public School System 253
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