By Renato Rosaldo
Exposing the inadequacies of previous conceptions of static cultures and indifferent observers, the ebook argues in its place for social technological know-how to recognize and rejoice variety, narrative, emotion, and subjectivity.
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Once diversity is valued as an intellectual and human resource, teachers cannot be equally versed in all texts and issues. Instructors will probably find themselves listening to their students with the care and intensity that they once reserved for their own speech. The pain also comes from how closely or distantly students feel connected with the readings. New course readings often tug at their hearts and involve their feelings more deeply and directly than earlier readings did. Classrooms then produce a range of feelings, from intimate to distant, and the feelings Page xv have to be addressed.
Required of first-year undergraduates, Stanford's year-long Western Culture course obliged students to read a "core list" of "great books'' from the traditional European canon. More often treated as sacred monuments to be worshiped than as fellow humans to be engaged in dialogue, the great authors supposedly represented a grand tradition that stretched in a straight line from Homer through Shakespeare to Voltaire. Students were told that they must learn "our heritage" before going on to study "other" cultural traditions.
Page xiii My hypothetical case depicts the dynamics of political correctness. The story conveys the psychic reality that political correctness creates for people who report that they feel afraid to say the wrong thing. Have such people become accustomed to saying hateful things with impunity because the people spoken about are not in the room? Alternatively, has the lack of accountability in exclusionary environments led to insensitivity and ignorance about the impact of one's words and deeds?
Culture & truth: the remaking of social analysis : with a new introduction by Renato Rosaldo