Themes for readings in Week 3 by aaron

Themes to Look for in Psychological Perspectives

  • Milgram & Zimbaro experiments findings – specific and general
  • Lessons from these experiments for understanding genocidaires and bystanders
  • Lessons from these experiments for intervention, prevention, punishment

Themes to Look for in Sentimentality vs. Rationality

  • Methods of dehumanization
  • Ways “paradigmatic humans” distinguish ourselves from “borderline cases”

Themes to Look for in Difficult Dialogues:

  • Reciprocity and charity in service learning projects vs. collaboration
  • Education as freedom vs. dominance
  • Messiness, privilege, and voice

Themes to Look for in Knapsack

  • Fundamental nature of privilege
  • Context and characteristics of whiteness
  • Effects of whiteness
  • Empowerment vs. dominance
  • What are we missing (unseen assets, unseen structures)
  • Implications to the above

Themes to look at in Using Whiteness

  • Discourses of whiteness / privilege / entitlement
  • Race as a social construct
  • Understanding / acknowledging whiteness vs. challenging discursive and structural systems
  • Motivations for service – leveraging privilege for good
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