Come for the science exploration, stay for the archeological infighting and disease vectors. Very readable and fun way to learn about a part of the woCome for the science exploration, stay for the archeological infighting and disease vectors. Very readable and fun way to learn about a part of the world I'm not super familiar with....more
I started reading this after being diagnosed with ptsd (I'm Buddhist and my therapist takes a CBT/mindfulness approach, so it seemed appropriate).
I lI started reading this after being diagnosed with ptsd (I'm Buddhist and my therapist takes a CBT/mindfulness approach, so it seemed appropriate).
I liked all the science explanations for how traumatic events can change the brain, the factoids about how people with ptsd may not respond appropriately to meditation (can be triggering, can be hard to know whether you're dissociating or being mindful), and all sorts of other light bulb moments for me. That said: fight, flight, freeze, or BEFRIEND. Befriend was totally ignored, which is weird to me given.... reasons.
Some of the authors took a savior approach to their patients which also kind of freaked me out since, hello, healthy boundaries are healthy.
And some authors kept using metaphors comparing brains to computers and talking about circuitry. Like, noooooo, we are humans not cyborgs. (Alas.)
Anyway, I really enjoyed the beginning, but towards the end I started doing exposure therapy with my therapist and hooboy, my reactions became a lot more agitated. (Surprise!)
If you're reading this as a ptsd patient, be warned that the entire concept of this is based on a medical model of disability. Try to find stuff that takes more of a social model if you can, it's a lot more humanizing....more
Given how much the white supremacists hate this book, I thought I would like it more. But the arguments were sloppy and paternalistic, and Alinsky's cGiven how much the white supremacists hate this book, I thought I would like it more. But the arguments were sloppy and paternalistic, and Alinsky's conviction that ideals and consistent goals interfere with tactics just made it kind of irritating.
Edit to add the high points:
Ethics of Means & Ends 1. One's concerns with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one's distance from the scene of conflict 2. The ethics of means and ends is that the judgment of the ethics of means is dependent upon the political position of those sitting in judgment 3. In war the end justifies almost any means 4. Judgment must e made in the context of the times in which the action occurred and not from any other chronological vantage point 5. Concern with ethics increases with the number of means available and vice versa 6. The less important the end to be desired, the more one can afford to engage in ethical evaluations of means 7. Generally success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics 8. The morality of a means depends upon whether the means is being employed at a time of imminent defeat or immanent victory 9. Any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical 10. You do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments 11. Goals must be phrased in general terms like "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity," "Of the Common Welfare," "Pursuit of Happiness," or "Bread and Peace"
Ideal elements of an organizer 1. Curiosity 2. Irreverence 3. Imagination 4. An organized personality 5. Ego 6. A free and open mind, and political relativity
Power tactics 1. Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have 2. Never go outside the experience of your people 3. Whenever possible go outside the experience of your enemy 4. Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. 5. Ridicule is man's most potent weapon. 6. A good tactic is one that your people enjoy 7. A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag 8. Keep the pressure on 9. The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself 10. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure on the opposition 11. If you push a negative hard and deep enough it will break through into its counterside 12. The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative (if your enemy agrees on a demand, have another demand ready) 13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it
Short, to the point, with footnotes for everything. I really enjoyed the scholarship. Chapters are divided into themes including settler colonialism,Short, to the point, with footnotes for everything. I really enjoyed the scholarship. Chapters are divided into themes including settler colonialism, labor movements and rhetorical choices, blackface, and how Irish-Americans became white.
Warning: the author quotes a lot of historical sources and does not shy away from quoting racial slurs. It made sense the way it was done, but I was really tired of seeing the n-word by the end....more
There is some valuable content in this book, but like many other edited volumes, it's sporadically located. Which means that while the editors did a gThere is some valuable content in this book, but like many other edited volumes, it's sporadically located. Which means that while the editors did a great job of organizing the themes, the individual elements did not quite gel into a compelling whole. (For me. Choice obviously disagreed.)
I think if you've never worked in higher ed, or if you're a man or white without any other marginalized identities, maybe this would contain some surprises? But my reaction to most of it was, "yes, of course, when are we getting to the making change part?" And when we did get to the making change part it was all.... ♪ feelings ♪ and no structure. As was clearly stated in separate chapters, the main driver for the status quo at present is that this is how higher ed organizations are designed. That's why it's called the status quo. So how do we interrupt the status quo? How do we change the structures? *crickets*...more
This was really good and exhaustively researched and -- when I stopped posting my rage reactions to twitter every 5 seconds -- was very readable. ButThis was really good and exhaustively researched and -- when I stopped posting my rage reactions to twitter every 5 seconds -- was very readable. But this history is so gross and so angrifying. Everything I learned about the colonization of the Americas was a lie, basically, except for names and dates. Glad I read it, but I'll also be glad to pick up something a bit lighter in tone....more
Awesome. I live-tweeted as I read it and am too lazy to copy & paste my tweets into anything resembling a review, so here's a link to that threadAwesome. I live-tweeted as I read it and am too lazy to copy & paste my tweets into anything resembling a review, so here's a link to that thread https://twitter.com/schomj/status/775......more