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Organization of Knowledge
How do systems of knowledge organization hinder or help marginalized groups? Some suggested readings:
Drabinski, E. (2013). Queering the catalog: Queer theory and the politics of correction. Library Quarterly, 83(2), 94- 111. doi: 10.1086/669547
Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences by
Call Number: Ebook available online
Publication Date: 1999
Through several case studies, including nursing in the U.S. and apartheid in South Africa, the authors show how classification systems reinforce discrimination and prejudice. They also offer ways to engage critically with classification systems to promote inclusion.
Encourage students to investigate critically the history of academic disciplines through a social justice lens. Assignment ideas include:
- Ask students to use The Trail (1895 onward) and the University Bulletin (1907 to the present) to trace the history of how social justice topics have been taught or not taught at the University of Puget Sound.
- Invite students to explore the deep backfiles of scholarly journals in JSTOR. Who are the authors? What are the topics and arguments they promote in an earlier decade?
- Use JSTOR's Data for Research service for topic modeling and visualizations of how disciplines have constructed knowledge over time.
- Invite students to explore how new disciplines are created.