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Can I just substitute an interpretive dance in place of a list?

Although I am generally of the opinion that I would never be a member of a club that would have someone like me as a member, I decided to give this a try.

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  1. "Foucault" in "Dictionnaire des philosophes" 1984, - Maurice Florence


  1. Distinction - Bourdieu


  1. El Laberinto de la Soledad - Paz


  1. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life - Goffman


  1. Borderlands/La Frontera - Anzaldua


  1. The Interpretation of Cultures  - Geertz


  1. Aberrations in Black - Ferguson


  1. Ain't I a Woman  - bell hooks


  1. Giving an Account of Oneself - Butler


  1. Selections from the Prison Notebooks - Gramsci

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I'm not sure I understand the example. (I'm also turned off by the jargon. How is "normative horizon" related to "normative grammar", and why should anyone ever use either term?) The Moynihan report was supposed to be a descriptive study of the actual condition of America in the mid-1960s. Some the things you mention here were probably true at that time: most African American women probably were heterosexual, and dependent upon men. (The same, of course, would have been true of most white women at that time.) If you want to understand a large-scale social phenomenon, it makes sense to look at what is true of most of your subjects. It's not clear to me, then, what the point of hook's critique is supposed to be.

I also can't follow the bit about the black power movement. This seems like a tangent from the Moynihan Report.

Anyway, even granting that these are important critiques of the dominant paradigms underlying social science, what keeps this critiques from originating within those disciplines? Why, for instance, couldn't a sociologist have pointed out that the Moynihan report lacked attention to women performing low-wage service labor?

A separate issue: I'm a bit deterred by your not answering certain questions above, especially the difficult and/or unorthodox questions. For instance, see ceciliaj's question directly above mine. This group values a certain amount of informality, and questions like those are a good test of your fit.