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Examining Social Theory

Crossing Borders/Reflecting Back

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Edited By Daniel Ethan Chapman

This collection of essays introduces multiple social theories through discussions of ideas across national borders. In each of the nine sections, the first chapter introduces a theory in a context outside of the United States. The second chapter then responds to the first by refocusing the discussion inside the United States. It has long been understood that it is difficult to perceive one’s own context as contingent on culture and history, thus, exploring social phenomena in a different context assists in perceiving the dynamics at play. Ultimately, though, social theory should be used to analyze one’s own environment and understand how class, race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc., inform one’s own culture. Examining Social Theory: Crossing Borders/ Reflecting Back brings together diverse perspectives on similarities and differences across borders and cultures, and provides a structure in which they juxtapose, align, contrast, and reverberate – the better for us to study, discuss, and understand.

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About the Cover ............................................................................................................ix Introduction....................................................................................................................xi Daniel Ethan Chapman Social Class: Paradise and Capitalism 1. Aloha for Sale: A Class Analysis of Hawai’i ...........................................................3 Jean J. Ryoo and Peter McLaren 2. American Dreams: Class in the United States..................................................... 19 Susan Falls Globalization: New Relations or Familiar Hierarchies? 3. Global Malawiana: Social Theory and Malawi’s Global Encounters............... 39 Steve Sharra 4. Life Among the Ruins of Empire: A Peace Corps Education in Libya.......... 55 Dennis Carlson Language: Speaking Culture, Power, and Economics 5. Taking a Social Semiotic View of the Spread of English .................................. 69 Tony Lee 6. Monolingual Ideology in the US: History, Hegemony, and Linguistic Privilege..................................................................................................................... 83 Hidehiro Endo and Paul Chamness Reece-Miller Identity: Naming Ourselves Against Violence 7. All We Are Saying: Identity, Communal Strife, and the Possibility of Peace......................................................................................... 101 H. Svi Shapiro 8. Jewish Identity in White and Black..................................................................... 115 Daniel Ethan Chapman Human Sexuality: Hiding and Seeking 9. Sexuality in the Arab World: Complexity and Contradiction ......................... 131 Rachel Bailey Jones and Shawgi Tell Table of Contents viii 10. Veiling the Queer .................................................................................................145 C.P. Gause Gender: Violence, Dialogue, and Pedagogy 11. Contributions to Social Theory from Dialogic Feminism: Giving a Voice to All Women ...........................................................................161 Ainhoa Flecha and Lidia Puigvert 12. Feminist Consciousness, Transnationalism, and the Interruption of Borders................................................................................175 Leila E. Villaverde Race: Apartheid, Democracy, and Critique 13. “In the Spirit”: Defining Democracy and Public Education in South Africa.....................................................................191 Donyell L. Roseboro 14. Critical Race Theory, Educational Equity, and Democracy in the US........209 Sabrina N. Ross Religion: Transcending...

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