Read pages 253-268 (Chapter 9) Contemporary Sociological Theory and Its Classical Roots:
The Basics, 5/e George Ritzer, University of Maryland and Jeffrey Stepnisky, Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2017. ISBN-13: 9781506339412
Pick question one or 2 to answer .
Q1 Edward Said – Post colonial theory
Edward Said was critical of Western “knowledge” that was organized around a simplistic distinction between West and East. He argued that the purpose of the academic field of “Orientalism” was to make sense of the Eastern world for Western people. Through its interpretation of non-Western social practices, it had the effect of associating “Eastern” with uncivilized and inferior. Said stated that for Europe the “Orient” has been among the “deepest and most recurring images of the Other”? What do you think “Other” means when used in this way?
Q2 Patricia Hill Collins- Critical Theories of Race and Racism
Patricia Hill Collins refers to race, class, gender, and so on as “interlocking structures of oppression.” The flip side of this argument is that while some are disadvantaged or oppressed on the basis of one or more of these categories, others continue to be advantaged or privileged depending on their position within these categories. Discuss how you believe privilege operates in peoples’ daily lives.