Beyond Political Correctness: Toward the Inclusive University

Beyond Political Correctness: Toward the Inclusive University

by Arthur E. Barker
     
 

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,… See more details below

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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:
06/01/1995
Pages:
232

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