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Black dreams, electric mirror: cross-cultural teaching of state terrorism and legitimized violence

Rodriguez, S. M. ORCID: 0000-0002-3944-5600 (2022) Black dreams, electric mirror: cross-cultural teaching of state terrorism and legitimized violence. TEACHING SOCIOLOGY, 50 (4). 392 - 398. ISSN 0092-055X

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Sci-fi has the power to open dialogue because its alternate world-building enables students to feel far enough from reality to discuss social problems unreservedly. In this essay, I review an assignment I developed using Black Mirror and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams that present episodes in which militarized policing, segregation, and genocide occur with the consent and complicity of populations convinced that these measures enable their safety. Paralleling U.S. carceralism, the fictional communities have been inundated with media and political advertising for greater segregation but have themselves never experienced the criminalized violence that justifies widespread state harms. Through a generative dialogue engaging the media, a discussion question, and the concept of state terrorism, students move to observe their positionality and critically assess state violence. Therefore, I recommend this teaching tool for any critical instructors—especially minoritized professors teaching primarily White classrooms—to inspire a stimulating dialogue in service of connection-making and peacemaking in the classroom.

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Additional Information: © The Author 2022.
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2022 09:57
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2024 20:45

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