Wednesday, November 07, 2007

inessential weirdnesses

An excellent article unpacking some of the excesses and dangers of professional middle class activism...well worth recognising some of the ways we can unconsciously exclude due to our own cultures, especially our "inessential weirdnesses".

"For professional-middle-class progressive activists like myself, it's easy to understand why working-class people would be alienated by the mainstream culture of well-off people. After all, we tend to be alienated by it ourselves, because it represents values we've rejected, like greed and materialism. But the idea that working-class people would have any negative reactions to our own subculture, in particular our values-based "alternative" norms, tends not to occur to us."

More here.

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