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Topic of the Week:

And Whose Validity Claim Shall be Heard
in the New World Order?

I'd like to devote this week's topic to the pictures we are being given of a world divided, in which we see an US - Them division such as the map above posted on the Theory, Policy, Society listserv. The second map posted was the one with United States of Canada/ Jesusland. I want to make you aware that people, lots of people, not just those of us who are U.S. citizens, are talking about the rights of everyone to clean air to breathe, enough food to eat.

Take a look again at Dave Leip's United States Presidential Election Results Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections.

Then look at a similar kind of map posted today on my Theory, Policy, and Society (tps) listserv:

Map posted by Foreign Policy Analysis (Map 2) (Frank Fischer) on November 11, 2004 on tps listserv.
Map posted by Foreign Policy Analysis (Map 2) (Frank Fischer) on November 11, 2004 on tps listserv.

Version of Jesusland map that Sawson sent us. Same map posed on tps listserv November 11, 2004.

Along with the posting of these maps was a call for papers for a European conference that really made me think about a lot of the decisions we are making in the U.S., and how they are affecting our relationships with Others in the world community. I know it's late in the semester, but I'm hoping that maybe some of our graduate students might like to join in a discussion with us about just how much of good faith listening to the Other do you figure goes into human rights?

For me, good faith listening to validity claims, as we on Dear Habermas have defined it, is an essential component of human rights. The knowledge and trust that I will be heard, that I will be helped to make my validity claim, is of the essence of my identity and self respect.

Double Standards and Simulation:
Symbolism, Rhetoric and Irony in Eco-Politics
International Conference at the University of Bath, UK, 2nd - 4th September 2005

"How do advanced modern societies sustain a model of civilisation that has long been known and acknowledged to be unsustainable? How do they manage to cope with the two certainties that a) in the established model ecological degradation continues, despite all eco-political efforts, in a largely unabated manner, and that b) an attractive and viable alternative model is nowhere in sight? How do they manage the environmental and social side effects of the established model which they obviously cannot remedy?

"In advanced western societies, environmental issues are no longer at the top of the agenda. Ecological problems have not lost any of their urgency, but western societies seem to have accommodated and pacified the issue. Concern for the environment has been institutionalised. Environmental issues have been repackaged as economic issues, technological issues, consumer protection issues or security issues, and they are - supposedly - being dealt with by the appropriate systems.

"However, even the EU cannot achieve its targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases; resource consumption keeps rising; biodiversity continues to diminish; car and air travel are expanding like never before; and so forth. Across the industrialised world, economic growth, competitiveness, efficiency gains and the stimulation of accelerated consumption are the first priorities of national and supranational governments. From an ecological perspective, problems may be seen to be mounting, but advanced modern societies seem rather relaxed. They continue to rely on prospective efficiency revolutions, ecological modernisation, technological innovation, efficient regulators and ecologically informed consumerism. There is some talk about the relocalisation of economic structures, about subsistence, and about the return to a low-growth or no-growth economy, but realistically, the readiness to introduce significant changes to the established order is at a long-time low. Indeed, in the face of global terrorism an unprecedented consensus of defence is being forged across the world of liberal consumer capitalism that the unsustainable must be sustained - at virtually any price!

"Against this background, the question for environmental sociology is no longer just: How do we manage the transition to an ecologically more benign form of society and civilisation, i.e. how do we change the unsustainable status quo? The more any significant change is being postponed into the future, the more does environmental sociology have to address a different question: How do advanced modern societies cope whilst they do not change the unsustainable status quo, i.e. whilst they are either waiting for change, or at least say they are waiting for change? The argument of the unsustainability of the status quo has always rested on the assumption that the principles of equality, justice, inclusion, freedom and peace have to be maintained. The current practice of sustaining the unsustainable, in turn, necessarily implies increasing levels of inequality, injustice, exclusion, suppression and violence. How do late-modern societies cope with a model of civilisation that is evidently incompatible with their modernist beliefs?

"The objective of this conference is to explore the significance of symbolism, simulation, rhetoric and irony as key strategies in this exercise. Symbolic action is the replacement of genuine and effective action by token action. A range of different reasons are imaginable for such a replacement. Rhetoric may be used to consciously deceive others; and it may also be a strategy of self-deception. Irony is a way of distancing oneself from ones rhetoric and actions. It is a major mode of communication in late-modern societies. It signals that nothing is serious or authentic and indicates fundamental uncertainty.

"To investigate how contemporary eco-politics is shaped by symbolic action, rhetoric, simulation and irony is the challenging goal of this conference. It will bring together empirical research on case studies of double standards, symbolic politics, eco-rhetoric, the politics of irony, agenda hijacking, etc. and theoretical work trying to conceptualise and theorise such instances of symbolic politics, simulation, rhetoric or irony in eco-politics. It will explore both the capacities and limitations of symbolic politics and contestations. Main thematic strands include:

  1. Theorising the politics of irony and simulation
  2. Symbolism and rhetoric in environmental policy and governance
  3. Symbolic challenges and contestations in eco-movements
  4. Performance and symbolism in media discourses

"The conference will promote a line of research that first became apparent in recent conferences and publications on issues such as 'What is the future of Ecological Thought?', 'The End of Environmentalism?' and 'Truth, Lies, Environment'. Importantly, what is described here as simulation, irony, rhetoric must not be confused with, or reduced to, the conspiratorial deception of the underprivileged by certain social elites. The objective of the conference and individual contributions will be not just to focus on the inconsistency, dishonesty, greed etc. of the usual suspects, but also to critically investigate the narratives, self-illusioning and (self-)construction of ecologically committed consumers, policy makers, movements and so forth. The approach to be taken is not simply one of moral accusations and normative prescriptions, i.e. of eco-political campaigning, but very importantly, this conference is about the sociological investigation of societal strategies of societal self-deception". (Highlighting added.)

I'd be a real happy camper if I could be confident that each of you knew what they meant by normative prescriptions. Think dominant discourse.

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Current Discussion Topics:

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference opportunity.

Link to website on Structural Violence sent by "Per-Erik Larsson, whose site it is. There are no references, and there is no identification of the author, making the ability to assess the authority-value of the piece difficult at best. On the other hand, someone felt strongly enough about structural violence and schizophrenia to send us the link to the site. If this is of interest to you, you might consider it's relationship to structural violence as we discuss it on our site.

Our Respect Table will go up at noon on Tuesday, November 16, 2004, and stay up till 4:30 p.m. The experience is to make campus members aware of the university's commitment to academic integrity and to discover all things that we might have to worry about going wrong at the Naked Space Exhibit. If you have appropriate material to share, please bring it to share with us. The table will be on the walkway where the vendors are behing the Student Union.

Search under Academic Affairs on the CSUDH Website for "academic integrity." You will find two pieces from Dear Habermas there. Maybe those of you working on the Respect and Academic Integrity projects might want to take a look.

I got the decorations for a scroll today, but had no time to go get the scroll. I'll try for that tomorrow. And I'll get the 4 x 6 cards for people to write their stories of respect and academic integrity.

Plans for Promoting the Naked Space Exhibit:

Ben Plaisted wrote:

"Ok, so we have an idea to try and drive some traffic to the exhibit on Dec. 1 and 2nd. Jeanne can you please put this on Habermas so that people there can see what we are trying to do. I agree with Penny, that we need to make some catch phrases or statements (see article below on exhibit in Austria) that will make people stop and question what they are reading. The statements don't even need to relate to the Naked Space, a sign could say "Beheaded in America?" and at the bottom naked space this way with an arrow or directions.

"The posters only need to catch people's attention. This way we are promoting the Gallery Exhibit along with making an artistic statement. So far Penny, Sawson, and Nancy have expressed an interest. All we need to do is collect phrases off of Transform from classmates (all who are interested please help) and then meet for a short time before Dec 1st and create our posters. I would estimate we need at least 20 posters to make an impact. Maybe Jeanne can give us some insight as to whether or not we will encounter resistance from administrators for our promotional campaign."

I can't see why there wouls be any resistance to such a noteworthy academic undertaking. Go for it. jeanne

My Weekend and Weclome to It:

jeanne and Arnold and Funny Face and Black Pharaoh and Talking Cat, all in the space where there waterbed used to be.
jeanne and Arnold and Funny Face and Black Pharaoh and Talking Cat, all in the space where their waterbed used to be. That's virtual water around the bed (oops, NOT-bed). We mopped it all up before we laid down all the blankets and pillows and stuffed animals and whatever we could find for camping outdoors. (oops, indoors)

Joining and Participating in the Yahoo Groups
on Transforming Dominant Discourse

I know that the elections have taken time from our traditional class activities. They are important. I accept that. But PLEASE do not forget that you are responsible for following the weekly issue of Dear Habermas, AND for participating in some manner in the class and/or Transforming Dominant Discourse discussions. AND the day after the elections is the day to start getting your project for Naked Space ready. You are also responsible for checking the class rosters on Collaborative Learning Reports:

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    what jeanne knows about what you're learning in Agencies Class.
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    what jeanne knows about what you're learning in Sociology of Law Class.
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    what jeanne knows about what you're learning in Moot Court Class.
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    what jeanne knows about what you're learning in Women and Poverty Class.
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    what jeanne knows about what you're learning in Grad. Women and Poverty Class.

  • Home Page for transform-dom You can read all the messageson Transforming Dominant Discourse from this page. Just click on messages in the left hand frame. You can read the messages, even if you're having difficulty signing up.

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Shared Projects for Transforming Discourse:

I Lost my Answerability Somewhere

Understanding social justice and criminal justice: Telling Police What They Want to Hear, Even if It's False Backup of Los Angeles Times Article on Confessions. Where is the naked space in the criminal justice system? Does that matter?

Life Space and The Front Porch Art Crawl

One of jeanne's versions of Kurt Lewin's Life Space
My Psychological Life Space and Welcome To It! (Thurber reference)
I have no idea why the dairy cow is there; I just know that she's important.

As we weather this election, lots of life spaces, with lots of different issues and lots of different valences or priorities, are coming together in what could become the seeds of newly transformed dominant discourse. Try using this image to color your preferences differently, resize them, rename them, and generally redraw your own life space. Then asked parents, spouses, children, friends to join with you and create a whole scrapbook of life spaces out of this election and our coming together.

Review the theory on Kurt Lewin and Psychological Life Space. It helps me understand communication lots of times. There are myriad other theories that work. As you come across them, pick the one that works best for you. You can locate stuff on James Thurber by entering James Thurber "My life and welcome to it" as a Google search. And youll find more on this topic under Rhetoric and Reason and Ideology and Governance Discourse and . . . where I accidentally started over after Halloween Trick or Treat.

The Front Porch Art Crawl Here is an example in which our Naked Space Exhibit takes on some of the same concern for an academy-community bridge as a Learning Center in St.Paul, Minnesota. This project will revolve around contacting them, adapting as much as we can from their project, and sharing our project with them.

jeanne's Lecture Notes:

  • Mentoring
  • Academic Support

    Using Academic Language Effectively

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:

    and Careers

    • Resumes:

    • 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

    Play:

      jeanne took out W, whom she doesn't miss, and put in VOTE in Ward Sutton's Ney York Times drawing.
    • jeanne and the 2004 election
      minor modification of Ward Sutton's NY Times drawing

       

      from an LA Times article
    • Human's Ancestral Tree Adds a Twig

      See how much we "know!" So Munchkins could have been some of our ancestors. Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead.

      National Geographic Photo on October 31, 2004

    • Tales of Halloween
      Visit National Geographic for Learning and Fun

    That Was Fun! 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 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.

    You can also send an email to the Who to Take Site:



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