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Created: December 26, 2005
Latest Update: December 26, 2005
The following questions are based on Self Test on Expanding Our transform_dom Discussions to Authors
- How does the inclusion of an opinion by Gordon Fellman promise to broaden our perspective.
Consider that Gordon Fellman is the author of the text that Talia's class with Susan at UWP was using. Since his book is titled "Rambo and the Dalai Lama," you can imagine that the class was discussing issues of violence versus peace and caring.
- Why would it matter to have minorities on the jury?
Consider that we often make unstated assumptions that a given minority group shares values and culture. But consider also that today class and career opportunities may make a greater difference than ethnicity or race. That means that a middle class jury member may not share much with a gang member defendant whose opportunities have been limited by an inner city ghetto. And that may hold across skin color.
- Why are such details important?
Consider that all such details taken together make up our apperceptive mass, and for each of us that collection of experience that constitutes our knowledge of the world is unique. The sharing of similar experiences is what helps us understand one another.
- Do age, gender, and race alter our perceptions of a jury of peers?
You bet they do. Again, filtering our experiences through age, in this case, means that some of us (the older group) have had a real experience of unjust jury selection and the resultant higher percentage of incarceration of minorities. But for some of you, such injustices were taken into account many years ago, especially in large metropolitan areas.
- Do you think geographic differences would alter our perceptions of a jury of peers?
You bet they they would. Especially in rural areas where one or two ethnic groups make up the majority of the population, the presence of a different ethnic or minority group might mean difficulty in finding a jury of peers.
- Why would these differences in perception matter in our discussion group?
Consider that transform_dom is meant to offer us illocutionary discourse.
- Why is illocutionary discourse so important to our discussions?
Consider that our primary goal is to prepare ourselves for governance discourse, for making our voices heard meaningfully in local and national and global representation of our values and objectives. Illocutionary discourse is essential training for governance discourse. We can only participate in governing well when we can hear one another in good faith.