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The Case of the Critical (Ep47)

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In Ep35, we launched the season talking about the different ways people are in the margins and the unique relationship they have with those margins when they choose to engage in social change agentry.

While I did not linger when I made the statement, I did mention in that episode that being critically conscious is one of the ways one can be marginalized as it gives him or her a personal orientation that is at odds with the current social order of power.

To be critical is to understand all events, experiences and phenomenon by examining their relationship with the social world.  One who is critical accepts the social world as a series of interconnecting systems …usually enacted to maintain current distributions of power.

In this episode, I consider how two seemingly similar people can have different comfort levels with critical theory.  In short, I attempt to answer the question, what actually makes one critical?  In talking about marginalized bodies, childhood trauma, dominant wiring for intuition, and academic training for higher order processing and abstract thinking, I explore four possibilities for a critical orientation.

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Key Points Discussed:

  • I consider how being in a marginalized body can provide an orientation for the critical.
  • I consider how having childhood trauma (or any trauma) can provide an orientation for the critical.
  • I consider how having a heightened sense of intuition can provide an orientation for the critical.
  • I consider how being academically trained for higher order and abstract thinking can provide an orientation for the critical.
  • An incident of role reversal as relating to power shifting and critical/uncritical thinking.

Other ESHpodcast Episodes Mentioned

Terms and Concepts Mentioned

critical theory; Karl Marx;  intuition; racism; sexism; heterosexism; ableism; Bloom’s taxonomy; quantum physics; intuition; personality disorders; parenting; childhood trauma


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The Full Link for the Episode…


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