More Participatory Action Research

A few of you who commented on Cosgrove & Flynn's "Marginalized Mothers" article suggested that they could go much further towards becoming full participants in the lived experience of the women they were studying. This idea reminded me of a recent book by Barbara Ehrenreich called Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. Here is a brief quote from the back cover of my paperback copy:

...how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on six to seven dollars an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work

(more...)

Holiday Getaways

 The books are read, the exams are over. Time for a break. But don't forget that there is an assignment for the first class in January. You will find it posted on Response Papers page. And when you go to the Dialogue Forum to complete the writing portion of that assignment, you will notice a change to the front page. Follow the link for 4150 students on that page to read what has happened or simply "log in" and you will quickly be back in familiar territory. All the best for the holidays, and I look forward to seeing

(more...)

“Race is a Four-Letter Word”

Sobaz Benjamin, a York graduate, will present his film "Race is a Four-Letter Word" today at 1:00 in the Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Building. As you will see from the fuller description below, the topic is relevant to issues that Teo raises in his chapter on the post-colonial critique of Psychology. I worked with Sobaz at CHRY, York's radio station, when he was an undergrad here and am looking forward to seeing this most recent fruit of his considerable talents and insight.
The James Beveridge Guest Lecture & Screening Series presents Race is a Four-Letter Word, a documentary film directed

(more...)

Conscientization

Conscientization is a major concept in next week's reading, and you may find yourself wishing you had a little more information about what the term means. Those of you who have some background in education will probably have studied Paolo Friere at some point; he is credited with originating the term and using the concept as a basis for his educational practice. The following sites elaborate on the concept of conscientization in an educational context. Your understanding might benefit from considering how this concept is related to the topic of ideology and why the latter is important in the postcolonial

(more...)

Ideology references

Reading about the concept of "objective mind" in Thomas Teo's description of Dilthey and the human science approach, I was reminded of the concept of ideology. Thomas also uses this latter term in places, and it has appeared in other of our readings; most notably it was the topic of Chapter 4 in the Prilleltensky excerpts. We have also frequently made reference in class to the related idea of "belief systems" and to their role in interpretation and action. And sometimes we have used the word "culture" to refer to broad belief systems shared by groups of individuals. I have

(more...)

 Page 3 of 5 « 1  2  3  4  5 »