Language & Ideology: Microaggressions

Last week, we talked about how language is often rooted in particular ideologies, or ideas about how things are, when we discussed the messages students received about the purpose of education in inner-city schools “Preparing Minds for Markets.” This raises an important question:

Can language carry ideologies we’re not conscious of?

Enter a blog project titled Microaggressions. Read some of the comments on the blog, submitted by its readers.

  • What is the value of such a project?
  • What ideologies do you see communicated in the comments you read?
  • Considering this project, what are the ramifications of not being conscious of the ideologies behind our language?





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