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Teaching the Personal and the Political: Essays on Hope and Justice


reviewed by Elizabeth M. Hodge 2004

coverTitle: Teaching the Personal and the Political: Essays on Hope and Justice
Author(s): William Ayers
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807744603, Pages: 160, Year: 2004
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In the 1960s, the people proclaimed that the “Personal is Political” as a mantra against oppressive government actions that denied the individual a voice in ensuing personal actions – being sent to war, control over a woman’s choice, domestic violence, etc.  Typically those who used these words were perceived as “hippies” or “freaks” rather than activists for justice.  Specifically, those who worked to make the personal political were, in fact, striving for justice in a democracy that seemed off kilter.  But that was the 1960s.    In the 1970s the personal was anything but political in the sense that the personal was indeed that, all about the self, the actions done in private as part of a sexual revolution.  The 1980s fared even more stridently against the personal as political for the person was part of a capitalist machine that made money – the goal of a generation.  The 1990s became a bellwether of fundamentalism where the personal is political became an anthem for religious conformity and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2349-2350
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11350, Date Accessed: 12/11/2017 2:50:41 AM

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  • Elizabeth Hodge
    Gavilan College
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    ELIZABETH M. HODGE is a solo instructor of philosophy who is currently pursuing a second Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Change. She has published works on domestic violence, women and philosophy, and most recently, radical pedagogy.
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