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Is Everyone Really Equal? Book Discussion Series

Ozlem Sensoy & Robin DiAngelo's Is Everyone Really Equal - Fall 2018 Library DEI Committee Book Discussion


Chapter 2: Critical Thinking & Critical Theory - Definitions & Readings

"It is important to distinguish between opinions, which are often based in common-sense understandings,
and critical thinking, which is based on expertise through study." p.33


i·de·ol·o·gy (noun)

1. a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culture

2. the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program
3. a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or culture
Example: "practicing thinking critically helps us see the role of ideology in the construction of knowledge about progress" (p.24)
Glossary: The big, shared ideas of a society that are reinforced throughout all institutions and thus are very hard to avoid believing p.224
po·si·tion·al·i·ty (noun)
1. The fact or quality of having a position (in various senses) in relation to other things.
2. The recognition that where you stand in relation to others in society shapes what you can see and understand about the world.
Sources:  Oxford English Dictionary (OED); Is Everyone Really Equal, p.30
Example: "...consider the Columbus story. Whose racial perspective is reflected in this story? Which racial groups may be invested in this story? Which racial groups may be invested in challenging it?" (p.30)

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