21.04.2021 Fakultätskolloquium: Sally Haslanger (MIT): Sex, Race, and Power: How to Stop Reproducing Social Hierarchy
21.04.2021 │ 18–20 h │ Online via Zoom
Sally Haslanger (MIT): Sex, Race, and Power: How to Stop Reproducing Social Hierarchy
Racism, sexism, and other forms of systemic injustice are more than just bad attitudes. In a stratified society, there are mechanisms – including law, policy, culture, technology, and the built environment – that stably position groups hierarchically. But attitudes play a role. How central is that role? In this lecture Haslanger argues that social practices are patterns of interaction guided by social meanings that distribute things of value. In the case of sexist and racist practices, the network of meanings is ideological and is internalized in habits of mind that distort, obscure, and occlude important facts and result in a failure to recognize the interests of women and racialized groups (among others). How do we disrupt such practices to achieve greater justice? This talk will argue that resistance to systemic injustice requires us to do more than just challenge false beliefs; social movements change the material and cultural conditions of agency.
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