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Latest update: March 31, 2000
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The Violent Social World of Black Men

Review Essay by Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata

Part of Teaching Series
Copyright: March 2000, Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata
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Source: William Oliver, The Violent Social World of Black Men. Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1994. ISBN: 0-7879-4305-3. Jeanne has the book, if you want to see a more extensive passage. Wisconsin students e-mail for the elaboration you seek (cc Susan).

Disrespecting: Violation of Rule on Avoid Trouble

Cite transcipts of disrespecting from Oliver.

Then cite "Tales from Real Life" from NEA's "Thriving in Academe"

Then analyze the structural violence of disrespecting, in Oliver's example, in the academy.

Then consider non-violent alternative responses to the system's disrespecting of students. Generalize to non-violent response to structural violence. Primary control exists only at personal level. System may be incapable of response. Habermas' concern over non-learning subsystems.

When students talk in class, disrupt class, insult teacher and fellow students by suggesting that they have knowledge superior to all, this is disrespecting. In a system which disrespects you, this is an instinctive response: disrespect it back. But that is violence in response to structural violence. Let's find a non-violent response alternative.

We are used to respect only effective bullying, or smarts that produce "right" answers. Is this all there is to the classroom? What about the socio-emotional leaders (Bales' Interaction Process Analysis)? What about the group members who participate actively or passively, adding to the charged and effective discussion? All are essential to the learning. A world of all leaders and no participants could be pretty ineffective, with egos tripping over one another. . . .