The two primary US political parties are increasingly polarizing along affective dimensions. To increase students’ engagement with controversial texts and conversations, the author theorizes a novel method of critical pedagogy: performed contradictoriness. By emphasizing seemingly contradictory identity markers, the instructor attempts to become opaque, thereby frustrating students’ attempts at interpretation.
Containing Multitudes: Empathy, Contradictions, and Opaque Ideologies
Kristopher M. Lotier is assistant professor of writing studies and rhetoric at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. He teaches courses on professional communication, post-truth rhetoric, digital antagonism, and first-year writing. His “On Not Following Freire: Foucault and the Critique of Human Capital” was published in Pedagogy (2017). His scholarship has also been published in College Composition and Communication and Enculturation.
Kristopher M. Lotier; Containing Multitudes: Empathy, Contradictions, and Opaque Ideologies. Pedagogy 1 January 2020; 20 (1): 73–85. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-7879052
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