Learning Objectives

Chapter Overview:

In this chapter, Warren and Fassett explore the connection between language and power through an articulation of political correctness. They begin the chapter by discussing citationality and its connection to political correctness. In order to further understand the pitfalls of political correctness, the authors introduce and debunk 6 myths that undermine the power of language and the need to recognize how power is embedded in our language. The chapter concludes with a discussion of how to have academic integrity when acting as a public advocate.

Chapter Goals:

  • Define citationality and explore how it works in culture
  • Identify and challenge myths of political correctness and explore how they work to sustain power through communication
  • Identify various ways power is embedded in language and the implications that holds for culture
  • Develop ethical practices of citation in written and spoken communication

Chapter Outline:

  1. Six Myths About Culture
    1. Myth 1: Culture Is Static
    2. Myth 2: Culture and Power Are Separate
    3. Myth 3: Stereotypes Are Built on Truths
    4. Myth 4: Progress Is Progress
    5. Myth 5: Color Blindness Is Progress
    6. Myth 6: We’re All Making a Big Deal Out of Nothing
  2. From Myths to Cultural Understanding
  3. Public Advocacy: Academic Integrity and Citationality
    1. academic Integrity
    2. Source Selection
    3. Citationality