Notes for Lecture # 1
1. The dominant ideology: A set of interrelated beliefs that tell us how the world
works and how it ought to work, hence it is descriptive and prescriptive, it
describes and prescribes. These taken for granted notions come to appear natural
to us, but there is nothing natural about them. The dominant ideology reinscribes
and reinforces the status quo and resists change.
2. Objectivity: there is nothing objective about objectivity, both the notion of
objectivity and the notion of the dominant ideology go hand in hand.something
appears objective, it is because it is not overtly advancing its perspective. When it
overtly names its perspective, it gives us the opportunity to think with it or against
3. Difficult knowledge: difficult knowledge is knowledge that often challenges the
dominant ideology that is either difficult for us to accept, so we reject it and its
source [because it deeply challenges some of our long held beliefs] or we embrace
it wholeheartedly without subjecting that knowledge to a critical evaluation.
When you are in the grips of diff