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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cultural deficit in new clothes

Posted By: Adrienne Dixson on August 14, 2009
Being politically correct or PC is generally tossed out as an insult by neo-conservatives and racists when they have no other way to defend their racist arguments and problematic beliefs. It is important to make sure that one's description of marginalized groups does not perpetuate their marginalization. Young scholars are trained to be careful about their language and rightly so. Describing a group as a "sub-culture" has fallen out of fashion and in general, no longer in use. So is the cultural deficit theory research as it fails to explain not only the "variance" but also the persistent inequity that marginalized groups experience. Scholars typically do not use qualitative language--good versus bad--but describe the phenomena in as neutral a language as possible. Admittedly, given that we view things from a very subjective lens and using "neutral" language is and can be difficult, to claim that a group's cultural practices are "good" or "bad" is generally unacceptable in social science research and social analysis. We are not in a position to say what's good or bad but to describe what we observe ostensibly so that others can make those judgements for themselves.
No, I didn't comment on Germany or Stalin because again, those extreme examples are often used to derail the conversation from the real focus--the racist and problematic nature of people who perpetuate cultural deficit theory.
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