This course truly changed not only my perception of Inquiry, but also of what constitutes a scholar. Furthermore, the the critical analysis of the interdisciplinary approach to research gave me a great grasp of the often misunderstood methodology that is inquiry. This course also gave me the opportunity of an ePortfolio that I have maintained throughout my honors time at Lane Community College. This course is one of the only courses in which I have had the privilege of experiencing a similar teaching approach of what I describe in my introduction: “While I am not proposing the irrational motion that they learn all aspects of all cultures, I am suggesting that they are sentimentally intimate with the asymmetrical relations of power and privilege within in and outside of their classrooms.” Furthermore,”… I expect the system to do what it promises, give me opportunity, equitable opportunity. Equal opportunity is often confused with equitable treatment, which in the end does not equate to fair chances for all.” This class has been one of few that has offered me that “dream class” in which, using terminology from a very famous dream, Dr. King’s, I am “…judged by the content of my character…,” and based on such content, assessed for my specific needs and taught in a correspondingly suited manner.
Additionally, I also provide a copy of the Syllabus I used for this course vertically accompanied by a selected list of works I completed for the course.
The process of creating an annotated bibliography significantly formulated my thoughts during my research process. Furthermore, the process of examining my sources compelled to the process of contrasting them. This process led me to compare the abstract theory of contact zones, a term coined by Mary Louise Pratt “to refer to social; spaces where cultures, meet, clash and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths as they are lived out in many parts of the world today” and uses when exploring a fascinating piece, Guaman Poma’s, a literate Andean at the time of the European colonization in Cuzco, Peru, twelve hundred page letter to King Philip the III of Spain and points out clear signs of acculturation and transculturation by examining how there are still dominant relations of power implied within the diagrams provided that show distinct Andean characteristics, with the chapter Hazel V. Carby, discusses how Black women have been indispensable to the feminist, race equality and socio-economic movement and introduces the idea of how the variants in Black women’s oppression (socioeconomic, race and gender) is a unique variation and proposes that it is looked as such in the feminist movement. Thus, I constructed upon my knowledge of contact zones and reasoned the existence of additional contact zones within the existing which were dependent on the intersectionality of the individual.
Therefore, contact zones intersect others, which implicates the multi-grappling meeting of race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, political belief, religion, mental, physical disability and other marginalized aspects of the individual that defined their intersectionality with the hegemonic culture “…in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power, such as colonialism, slavery, or their aftermaths as they are lived out in many parts of the world today.”
I found my scholar bibliography specially helpful, since I was not aware of the many factors that had led Doctor Victor Rios to conduct his research. Additionally, I learned that Dr. Victor Rios was cognizant of what the common struggle for a person of color is the Untied States of America. Our mental process often reduces folks we think we know to facts, such as, “Dr. Rios is a sociologist in UC Berkeley who conducted a longitudinal study on the Hyper-criminalization of Black American and Latino Men.” Although that is correct, Dr. Victor Rios has much more to him than that specific study.
The study about the Hyper-criminalization of Black and Latino men is actually a resultant event of the criminalizing environment that Dr. Rios experienced when young. The fact that Dr. Victor Rios grew up in California and struggled to further his education, because of the constant oppressing environment puts him at a unique spot to speak about the topic of Hyper-criminalization. It is not often when we have the chance to hear what the folks being oppressed perceive from their environment and Dr. Rios knows it. The fact that he included the testimony of the men he was interviewing speaks volumes. Then with a critical lens for the relations of power within the criminalizing environments and the connection of such to others, Dr. Victor Rios explores the effect that probation officers and other components of the judicial system impose onto the lives of these men of color.
As redundant as it might sound, “Reflecting Scholarly: A Short and Stout take on Research” is a piece I have been doing quite a bit of reflection upon. It was not until I sat down and started to think of the ways in which my assumptions had been challenged that I learned how much they evolved. Additionally, my short and Stout take on research has somewhat detailed on very important steps in the organic process that is research. Lastly, this essay made me think and rethink the extentto which I consider myself a scholar, and to what extent did that view of myself changed this term.