Marginalization and Social Justice

Course Schedule (Version 4.0)

Jan. 16 1. Culture: History of the Concept

Wren, "The Concept of Culture"
"A Baseline Definition of Culture" (excellent web site, esp. entries on Geertz and Bodley)
Selected encyclopedia articles

 
  23 2. Culture and Society
Essentialist vs. constructionist models; ethnic cultures

Kroeber and Parsons, "Concepts of Culture and of Social System"
Wren, "Culture and Society"
Keesing, "Theories of Culture Revisited"

 
  30 3. The Mainstream
Multiculturalist movements; the role of the canon

Nussbaum, Cultivating Humanity, chs. 1-3
John Paul II, "Dialogue Between Cultures" (handout)

 
Feb  6 4. Conflict and Social Control (WK & TW)
Assimiliation vs. pluralist models; institutionalized oppression

MacIntyre, "Social Science Methodology"
Turner, "The Conflict Model"
Kincheloe & Steinberg, "Hegemony, Representation, and the Struggle for Justice"

 
  13 5. Dependency

MacIntyre, Dependent Rational Animals, chs. 1-7
MacIntyre's definition of "practice"

 
  20 6. Dependency, cont. MacIntyre, Dependent Rational Animals, chs. 8-end
Midgley, "Is a Dolphin a Person?"
 
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7. Marginalization
Boundary maintenance; cognitive styles; worldviews

Taylor, Multiculturalism
Wren, "Introductory Remarks on Taylor (with outline)"
Wren, "The Liberal-Communitarian Debate"
Barth, "Boundary Maintenance" (optional reading)
 
March  6 Spring Break Enjoy!
 
  13 8. Marginalization, cont.
Personal and group identity formation
Wren, "Personal and Cultural Identity"
Kincheloe & Steinberg, "Hegemony, Representation, and the Struggle for Justice" (as above)
 
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9. Social Justice Theories
Classic approaches (Aristotle, Cronin)

Aristotle, "Justice"
Cronin, "The Social Virtues"
The New Catholic Encyclopedia, "Justice"
 
  27 10. Social Justice Theories, cont.
Contemporary approaches (Rawls, Silvers)
Young, "Social Difference as a Political Resource"
Silvers, "Rights of People with Disabilities"
 
April  3 11. The disabled: A paradigm case of marginalization Ingstadt & Whyte, "Disability and Culture: An Overview"
Eskay, Gardner, & Nyirenda, "Culture and Disability"
Baird, "Conversations about Distributive Justice" (optional reading)
 
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12. Student Presentations #1 & #2
Josephine & Amy - Jeanne S. & Mark

Readings to be provided a week in advance by the speakers
 
  17 13. Student Presentations #3 & #4
Kathy & Melissa - Jorge & Kurt
Readings to be provided a week in advance by the speakers
  26 14. Student Presentations #5 & #6
Jeanne D. & Abier - John
Readings to be provided a week in advance by the speakers