This collection of essays introduces multiple social theories through discussions of ideas across national borders. In each of the nine sections, the first chapter introduces a theory in a context outside of the United States. The second chapter then responds to the first by refocusing the discussion inside the United States. It has long been understood that it is difficult to perceive one's own context as contingent on culture and history, thus, exploring social phenomena in a different context assists in perceiving the dynamics at play. Ultimately, though, social theory should be used to analyze one's own environment and understand how class, race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc., inform one's own culture. Examining Social Theory: Crossing Borders/ Reflecting Back brings together diverse perspectives on similarities and differences across borders and cultures, and provides a structure in which they juxtapose, align, contrast, and reverberate - the better for us to study, discuss, and understand.
The Editor: Daniel Ethan Chapman is a professor of curriculum studies at Georgia Southern University, and a documentary filmmaker. His research interests include postcolonial studies, documentary studies, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy.
Contents: Daniel Ethan Chapman: Introduction - Jean J. Ryoo/Peter McLaren: Aloha for Sale: A Class Analysis of Hawai'i - Susan Falls: American Dreams: Class in the United States - Steve Sharra: Global Malawiana: Social Theory and Malawi's Global Encounters - Dennis Carlson: Life Among the Ruins of Empire: A Peace Corps Education in Libya - Tony Lee: Taking a Social Semiotic View of the Spread of English - Hidehiro Endo/Paul Chamness Reece-Miller: Monolingual Ideology in the US: History, Hegemony, and Linguistic Privilege - H. Svi Shapiro: All We Are Saying: Identity, Communal Strife, and the Possibility of Peace - Daniel Ethan Chapman: Jewish Identity in White and Black - Rachel Bailey Jones/Shawgi Tell: Sexuality in the Arab World: Complexity and Contradiction - C.P. Gause: Veiling the Queer - Ainhoa Flecha/Lidia Puigvert: Contributions to Social Theory from Dialogic Feminism: Giving a Voice to All Women - Leila E. Villaverde: Feminist Consciousness, Transnationalism, and the Interruption of Borders - Donyell L. Roseboro: "In the Spirit": Defining Democracy and Public Education in South Africa - Sabrina N. Ross: Critical Race Theory, Educational Equity, and Democracy in the US - Christopher Stonebanks/Melanie Stonebanks: Religious Identity in the Classroom and the Looking-Glass Self - Glenn M. Hudak: Taking Responsibility for the Unconscious and Caputo's Notion of Religion-Without-Religion - Diti Hill/Adrienne Sansom: Indigenous Knowledges and Pedagogy: A Bicultural Approach to Curriculum - Delores D. Liston/Lorraine S. Gilpin: Reflections on Multicultural Education in the US: A Complicated.