Privilege is often understood by way of metaphor. Like any tool, a given metaphor is apt for some tasks more so than others. Even so, “when you only have a hammer everything looks like a nail.” Hence, it’s worth considering the merits of metaphors related to privilege.
In watching the twitter storm about #stopwadhwa2015 I'm struck by two things, but first, some context—which as we will see, is problematic in Twitter discourse. Vivek Wadhwa is an American tech entrepreneur, columnist, pundit, and researcher. He's been a vocal advocate for more gender and racial diversity ...
The notion of privilege, an unearned advantage relative to and perhaps
at the expense of others, first arose in the context of class and racism
in America. In 1920, sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois observed how “the
discovery of personal whiteness among the world’s peoples is a very ...
A great irony with the notion of meritocracy is that it is now used in
a way contrary to its original, critical, intention. In
an unusual move, British sociologist and Labour Party activist Michael
Young adapted his 1955 Ph.D. thesis into a dystopian novel set in 2034.
An intention ...
Popular discussions often make use of terms and concepts divorced from their origins. When I investigate, I'm sometimes delighted to find trenchant essays whose value far exceeds the buzz words or phrases they spawned.
I've recently been working on a piece about the geek style of thinking, meritocracy ...
Contemporary discussions often make use of terms and concepts divorced from their origins. When I investigate, I'm sometimes delighted to find trenchant essays whose value far exceeds the buzz words or phrases they spawned.
The aphorism “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” is common in
contemporary life. It is often attributed to business guru Peter Drucker,
and, even if he did not say
notion has become a slogan for the quantified, big-data world in which
we live ...