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Created: August 30, 2004
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Topic of the Week:
Naked Space: The Intersection of Illocutionary and Public Discourse
August 17, 2004
A narrative of personal memory:
I know I started this way last week, but there's more to tell. The painting that opens this week's discourse is my impression of our Sociology of Agencies class last fall. The funny way we ended up sitting along the wall of that huge room, instead of layering chairs in the circle. And the crazy way we all popped in and out of the Naked Space. That gives me pause as I put together reading lists this Fall. In the reality of governance and substantive, and even illocutionary discourse, it doesn't seem to work to structure a lesson plan.
We talked about that at ASA in San Francisco with Amy Swiffer from Canada. As soon as you try to standardize behavior, capture it to be sure that you can keep replicating just the way it first happens, it evaporates like gravity slithering over the edege of the brane. (Remind me to put up reference - it's a real theory.) This is the iron hand of bureaucracy, where dictating the official response that the whole bureaucracy is to give to keep things running smoothly, and incidentally to render workers fungible, we loose the heart of the whole thing.
I am reminded here of a Zen puzzle: pick up the head of a coin, not the tail, just the head. That's all. Just pick up the head of a coin. Remember the old song: love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage? They go together, folks, the head and the tail. And in the case of the coin it's not even socially constructed, so you can't do much about it. Love and marriage are socially constructed; we might be able to part them, or put them together in a different way as in polygamy, or in serial marriage, or in same sexmarriage. But the coin is already cast. Some reality we socially construct. Some reality just is, and we have to cope with it.
So if I can't just make up a list and tell you what to read, and it hasn't worked so well just letting you read whatever you want, what can I do? This semester we're going to try the "On the Same Page" theory. My lectures for our texts will go up as quickly as I can write them. Shared Readings will be taken from the broad list, as you choose them, and a handout with essential concepts and terms will be given out before class if possible, the day of class, at worst. I hope that this will give us enough flexibility that the Naked Space will maintain its magic aura of freedom and support for expression, and through that expression, the power of voice.
This week's painting should give you an idea of the quasi anarchic atmosphere when jeanne gets tired and gives up on quelling some of the excitement. But excitement is good for us. Just be sure you read and stay in touch.
NEWS and Announcements:
- In the Name of Illocutionary Discourse Reports coming in from the Republican National Convention and Protests in New York City. These reports are coming in directly to the International Visual Sociology Association listserv, mostly by photographers and reporters being caught up and held in the paranoia of protest suppression and "safety." We'll have a shared reading for discussion of the meaning of "free speech" in today's social context, as fast as I can get it up. IVSA is NOT a left perspective site; it's a professional and academic site, concerned with media and communication research.
- Reading for Week of September 5, 2004 for class discussions:
- Everyone, in all classes, please turn to the threaded discussion on Outsourcing for this Week of September 5. There is lots of material on the social issue, and it will keep us on the same page for this first week of discussion and planning. jeanne
- AND Index of Resource Links on West Nile Virus Shared Reading to follow for Week of September 5.
- Shared Reading: It Ain't Natural Looking at "natural" as an ideological approach that reflects a specific philosophical position.
- For Next Week: The 2004 Elections—A Turning Point for the U.S. Left. Introduction. By Eric Mann. This introductory chapter is available online. And this is the sort of material that you will not get on the traditional media. Left, even radical left perspective. Be sure as you read it, you are thinking about what the other perspectives are on these issues, and notice that the left is not a united group anymore than is the right or any other perspective. More in next week's issue. jeanne
- Please be prepared to conceptually relate the issues to the the specific substantive courses.
- Syllabi for Fall 2004
Nota Bene: Several unanticipated factors have caused some changes to our CSUDH syllabi. A couple of real important books aren't available. So we've agreed to use the shared reading materials to make up for that loss. We've also agreed that, given that requisite change in focus, we would like to increase the field component of all classes this semester to reach out in the interest of community transformation. But that means extra field time that I don't want you taking from your substantive study of issues. So we have restructured the workshop and performance elements of moot court to cover many more performances than originally planned. These performances will be scheduled, TBA, when they fit your schedules, and we can then integrate the moot court course with the substantive courses, so that you will receive credit for the field work you are doing. That means add Moot Court so you can receive credit through that activity planned course, and notice that you have to add Soc 370 and Soc 370A. Pat will get any magic numbers needed. And I'll put up more detail on all this as soon as get all three servers working. My tech is coming tomorrow! Hallelujah! jeanne
- Syllabus for Agencies, Sociology 328-01
- Syllabus for Sociology of Law, Sociology 367-01
- Syllabus for Moot Court, Sociology 370-01
- Syllabus for Women and Poverty, Sociology 395-01
- Syllabus for Women and Poverty, Sociology 595-01, Graduate Seminar
- Syllabus for Corrections, CRMJ/SOCA 363 (UWP)
- Syllabus for Race, Crime and Law, CRMJ/SOCA 365 (UWP)
- Extended Discourse
Conference in New Orleans in September:
- Naked Space: A Safe Forum for Merging the Academy and the Community Presentation Submitted to 2004 Annual Conference on Race, Gender, Class, hosted by Southern University at New Orleans, on September 23-25, 2004. New Orleans. Conference Website. Program is at end of file. We're about half an inch from the bottom under Politics, which seems appropriate. Once again, they've given us a whole session to ourselves. Not so great for networking, but we'll wave a lot. jeanne
Open Access Discussion Threads
It will take a while to transfer all the discussions from the last years over to the newly structured site. But new discussions will be threaded, and included on the Index of Threaded Topics.
- Thread on Outsourcing Thread opened Saturday, September 4, 2004, by Nancy Pena, CSUDH.
- Thread on Economists May be Wrong About Good Balancing Bad in Outsourcing. Thread opened by NY Times article Thursday morning, August 10, 2004.
- Thread on Biopower: Paradigm Shift to Biopolitical Power?
Thread opened on Wednesday, August 4, 2004.
- Thread on Obesity
Thread opened on Thursday, August 10, 2004.
- Shared Reading on Imposing Order as Social Status Control Notice how obesity fits into this, as well as biopower.
First Hypertext Poem for Fall 2004 Naked Space Exhibit
Requiem for Racer: A Favorite Cat
This is a hypertext map. Link on the phrases.
Freeing the Feminine Other:
Hypertext Gallery Exhibit from Fall 2004
Hypertext Project Map
Link on Section Titles for Hypertext Poem and Different Sections of Table of Contents.
- Debriefing Readings for the Hypertext Project: "Freeing the Feminine Other" Many new readings added. The discourse goes on. This material is later presented at conferences and in articles.
- A Range of Sources on Global Events
Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times - The National Review
Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Sierra Club - The Guardian
Wall Street Journal - The Weekly Standard - The Nation - BBC NEWS | Americas
Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - The Washington Post
Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor
- Plagiarism Watch www.streetgangs.com site. The intelligent and effective use of resources means that you have to be careful not to plagiarize other people's material. We have several files on plagiarism, but I think the one that might make the most sense to you is this complaint on streetgangs.com. They give you samples of sites that have taken their material without citation, even at colleges, and they also give you examples of sites that have used their material with proper attribution. I find the irony poetic, and hope that their message will get through to you the importance of attribution. Dr. O'Connor on his Mega Criminal Justice site led me to streetgangs.com and noted that others frequently hack into the site. For that reason I have created a backup copy for your use in case you cannot access the actual site. Please be sure to attribute any citation to streetgangs.com. jeanne Backup.
Shared Reading Suggestions, many with templates already filled in.
Using Academic Language Effectively
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:
- Letters of Recommendation:
- Letters of Recommendation: How to get me to respond to your request. Many of you need letters. If you will follow this format, I can do them quickly and make them good.
- Dog Letters If you do not give me adequate information, but do manage to get my attention, you may end up with a dog letter. That is a letter that says that you work well with people, that you are enthusiastic, that you persist at getting things done, and that everyone likes you. Of course, my dog gets along well with people, brings his ball to them, is enthusiastic, and persists at getting them to take his ball. Everyone likes my dog. That's a dog letter. It's so general it could be about my dog. jeanne
- Reports and Studies on Employment and the Job Market
Broadband Causes Obesity
Broadband Causes Obesity This is statistics you must understand for survival reasons. Nota bene: Dubya didn't say this. We can't blame Dubya for everything. The honor this time goes to the Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah. jeanne Shared Reading on Teamwork and Fair Play. China Art Gallery: Work of Zhang Kai
Sad Union; 150x100cm. not available
I don't know what this means, but it leaves me speechless. There's a bit of Calder in it; but that's not all. There's something about the smoke stacks or whatever they are that fits into the feeling. So I went hunting through early American Art. But I'm not an art major, and I couldn't find what I was looking for. Arnold and I thought it was Thomas Hart Benton, but not anything that I could find for you. But I did find this delightful site for kids and grownups who don't mind "flying dogs:" Thomas Hart Benton's Arts of Life in America: A portrait of life in America in the 1930's". Lots of stuff to play with. The New Britain Museum of American Art. Site is worth a visit. Meanwhile, so is the Chinese Art Site on which I found Zhang Kai's work.
The more I think about it, the more it feel like in Sad Union he has taken those unglamorous wires that transport our electricity and mar our urban and rural environment every which way we turn and turned them into magical musical notes. That might be why it makes me happy. I'm getting too used to flying dogs and dancing unicorns and magical swirling musical notes. I like it. I like it. Though I must admit I don't know where he got the sad part from. jeanne
Sneaky Strokes and Flying Good Dogs
Flying Dog is also a painting by Zhang Kai. Best I've every come across to illustrate our site with magic numbers and unicorns and whipped cream cats and now, flying dogs:
Flying Dog, 100 cmx100cm (doesn't say "not available," so maybe I can get it. jeanne)
China Art Gallery: Work of Zhang Kai
Flying Good Dogs: Whenever something happens in class that works out well, that inspires you, that helps in studying, whatever, take a few minutes to send us an e-mail. We'll post it where all of us can learn from it, including other teachers.Include:
- A sentence or two about what you want to share with us.
- The name of the teacher whose class you were in.
- The name of the class.
- The name of the school. We're not picky. We'll honor teachers in any school, any level. This might be a good idea to help young children learn to say "thank you" and encourage meaningful practice in all our schools. We could even start with pre-school. This is a skill needed in answerability. To discover that what you think matters is to end silencing. Even home schooling. You can send photos or drawings, too.
- See the first entries at Sneaky Strokes and Good Dogs
You can also send an email to the Who to Take Site: