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PC Wars : Politics and Theory in the Academy - Jeffrey Williams

PC Wars

Politics and Theory in the Academy

By: Jeffrey Williams (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st December 1994
ISBN: 9780415910736
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 18 years old

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"PC Wars: Politics and Theory in the Academy" addresses the very issue of political correctness and the current skirmishes in the culture wars. It includes statements from many of our leading contemporary public intellectuals, including Joan Wallach Scott, Michael Berube, Bruce Robbins, Henry Giroux, and Gerald Graff.
The collection marks a watershed in the debate about "pc" in that it presents serious considerations and analyses of the factors, causes, and consequences of the culture wars. Carefully examining the construction of "pc," "PC" "Wars" analyses political correctness by focusing on the mass media, class politics, and the ideology of managerial democracy. It places the disputes around "pc" in the context of contemporary developments in critical and cultural theory and the current backlash against theory, manifested in the recent attacks on Marxism, feminism and deconstruction. The book also scrutinizes the undercurrents of anti-intellectualism and anti-professionalism which have tended to create a fertile ground for the "pc" hysteria. Offering much more than slogans and slinging arrows, "PC Wars" provides a spirited and critical look at the reaction, ideology, and political forces that have coalesced around the term.
Contributors: Michael Berube, Reed Way Dasenbrock, Frank Farmer, Henry Giroux, Gerald Graff, Darlene Hantzis and Devoney Looser, John S. Howard and James M. Lang, Tom Lewis, James Neilson, Christopher Newfield, Richard Ohmann, Burce Robbins, Barry Sarchett, Joan W. Scott, Michael Sprinker, Jeffrey Williams

Introductionp. 1
On "PC" and Related Mattersp. 11
The Campaign Against Political Correctness: What's Really at Stakep. 22
Truth, Justice, and the American Way: A Response to Joan Wallach Scottp. 44
The Great PC Scare: Tyrannies of the Left, Rhetoric of the Rightp. 60
"Political Correctness": A Class Issuep. 90
What Was "Political Correctness"? Race, the Right, and Managerial Democracy in the Humanitiesp. 109
The War Against Theoryp. 149
We've Done It to Ourselves: The Critique of Truth and the Attack on Theoryp. 172
Theory Against Itself: New Historicism's Return to Practicep. 184
"Not Theory ... But a Sense of Theory": The Superaddressee and the Contexts of Edenp. 205
Of Safe(r) Spaces and "Right" Speech: Feminist Histories, Loyalties, Theories, and the Dangers of Critiquep. 222
Russell Jacoby, Antiprofessionalism, and the Politics of Cultural Nostalgiap. 253
Othering the Academy: Professionalism and Multiculturalismp. 279
Academics as Public Intellectuals: Rethinking Classroom Politicsp. 294
A Paradox of the Culture Warp. 308
Bibliographyp. 313
Indexp. 331
Contributorsp. 339
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415910736
ISBN-10: 0415910730
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st December 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1

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