07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W
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Section Information for Fall 2022
Global Social Thought is an investigation into alternatives to classical Western social theory, an exploration of "The Great Books of the Nonwestern World" and contemporary Nonwestern intellectuals. It is an effort to confront the deep racism of our knowledge, which is so profoundly influenced by the Euro-American experience to the neglect of other major streams of social theory over the millennia and across the globe. Whereas most Western social theory is a response to the implications of European Enlightenment, French and Industrial Revolutions, recent non-Western theory is a reaction to the fundamental phenomena of colonialism (and neocolonialism), racism, capitalism/industrialism, other forms of intersectional oppression (e.g., patriarchy), and efforts to escape them. Although our dominant paradigms of inquiry come from the social sciences, our global social thought will also draw upon the social theory embedded in multiple civilizations often studied by the humanities. This course will focus on central matters of sociological theory as addressed by “non-white,” nonwestern authors. It is inevitably a dialog with classical Western theory, however, the tradition in which the instructor and most contemporary scholars are trained, in an effort to construct a body of global social thought that addresses such pressing issues as fair distribution, sustainability, and peace.
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