Looking for simple reading on academic theory of "Other"
August 23, 2011 7:35 AM Subscribe
I have a friend who is teaching a freshman college class, and who is looking for a good but relatively simple and clear reading to introduce his students to diversity issues and particularly to the concept of "Other" and "Otherness".
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He knows some very difficult literary theory articles, but they are not appropriate for the reading level of the students. Ideally, he would like to find a chapter from a introductary sociology textbook, but he doesn't know any (he's a historian himself).
He would also perhaps like to find an example of Othering which is not necessarily current or emotional for his students, as they can get defensive talking about, for example, current race issues. In the past, he's used Geek jokes as a way to explore the concept without anyone getting too emotional. But he would also like to introduce them to the formal theory.
I know a half-remembered chapter on changes in English thinking about the Irish in the 16th/17th cent by the Irish historian Nicholas Canny (from thinking of them as just another culture to thinking of them as less developed - if anyone remembers the full reference, please let me know), but I'm not sure this is clear enough or appropriate. But I was hoping that some of the academics on metafilter may have some suggestions for a short and easy to read chapter or article.