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Titre du document / Document title

From student resistance to embracing the sociological imagination: Unmasking privilege, social conventions, and racism = De la résistance de l'étudiant à l'imagination sociologique : démasquer les privilèges, les conventions sociales et le racisme

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

HADDAD Angela T. (1) ; LIEBERMAN Leonard (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Central Michigan University, ETATS-UNIS

Résumé / Abstract

A crucial task of introductory sociology courses is to teach students the meaning and value of the sociological imagination. While this task is daunting under typical circumstances, it is more difficult when instructors are committed to raising students' critical awareness of social conventions that maintain systems of racial oppression. In this paper, we discuss our experiences with teaching this aspect of the sociological imagination to a group of ethnically and economically privileged students. Based upon our experiences and existing research, we propose that a rise in students' political conservatism and their adoption of color-blind racism may explain our students' recalcitrance and the increasing reports of resistance from those who teach race and inequality courses. We provide details of an assignment that eased students' recalcitrance by enabling them to demonstrate to themselves the fallacies of scientific racism. The assignment, a critical assessment of Rushton's scathing review of Gould's Mismeasure of Man, required students to exercise their sociological imagination to successfully unmask the agendas, fallacies, and consequences of scientific racism. Quotes from the students' assignments and the course evaluations show that the assignment conveys to recalcitrant students the utility of sociological analysis

Revue / Journal Title

Teaching sociology    ISSN  0092-055X 

Source / Source

2002, vol. 30, no3, pp. 328-341 [14 page(s) (article)] (1 p.1/4)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

American Sociological Association, Washington, DC, ETATS-UNIS  (1973) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Social construction

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Racism

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Dominance

;

Privilege

;

Whites

;

Sociological imagination

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Sociology teaching

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Higher Education

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United States Of America

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Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Construction sociale

;

Racisme

;

Domination

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Privilège

;

Blancs

;

Imagination sociologique

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Enseignement de la sociologie

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Enseignement supérieur

;

Etats-Unis

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 22299, 35400010892645.0050

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 13827794



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