ERIC Number: ED390357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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The Myth of Political Correctness. The Conservative Attack on Higher Education.
Wilson, John K.
This book examines the phenomenon of "political correctness" in higher education and argues that it is a powerful conspiracy theory created by conservatives and the media who have manipulated resentment against leftist radicals into a backlash against a fictional monster, political correctness. The first chapter describes in detail the most important developments in the political correctness myth particularly as promulgated during the Reagan-Bush years. The book argues that the political correctness myth was developed through anecdote and that well-funded conservative groups carefully worked to create the institutional framework of political correctness and to compile stories of oppression by radicals. Chapter 2 argues for the existence of a "conservative correctness" that encourages attacks on liberal and leftist groups. Chapter 3 looks at challenges, real and exaggerated, to curriculum changes in higher education that raise concerns about how western culture is taught and studied. Chapter 4 examines campus speech codes. Chapter 5 looks at sexual issues and argues that, rather than a feminist conspiracy taking over campuses, most colleges continue to follow old policies of denial and dismissal. Chapter 6 argues that the phenomenon of reverse discrimination is a myth. Chapter 7 concludes by arguing that the attacks on feminism, affirmative action, and multiculturalism are sparked by the fear of a changing culture. (Contains over 800 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Codes of Ethics, Conservatism, Cultural Context, Curriculum Design, Feminism, Freedom of Speech, Government Role, Higher Education, Political Influences, Political Issues, Politics of Education, Reverse Discrimination, Western Civilization
Duke University Press, Box 90660, Durham, NC 27708-0660 ($14.95 paper; $44.95 cloth).
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Political Correctness