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The Resource Springtime for snowflakes : "social justice" and its postmodern parentage : a memoir, by Michael Rectenwald

Springtime for snowflakes : "social justice" and its postmodern parentage : a memoir, by Michael Rectenwald

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Springtime for snowflakes : "social justice" and its postmodern parentage : a memoir
Title
Springtime for snowflakes
Title remainder
"social justice" and its postmodern parentage : a memoir
Statement of responsibility
by Michael Rectenwald
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Springtime for Snowflakes: 'Social Justice' and Its Postmodern Parentage is a daring and candid memoir. NYU Professor Michael Rectenwald - the notorious @AntiPCNYUProf - illuminates the obscurity of postmodern theory to track down the ideas and beliefs that spawned the contemporary social justice creed and movement. In fast-paced creative non-fiction, Rectenwald begins by recounting how his Twitter capers and media exposure met with the swift and punitive response of NYU administrators and fellow faculty members. The author explains his evolving political perspective and his growing consternation with social justice developments while panning the treatment he received from academic colleagues and the political left. The memoir is the story of an education, a debriefing, as well as an entertaining and sometimes humorous romp through academia and a few corners of the author s personal life. The memoir includes early autobiographical material to provide context for Rectenwald s academic, political, and personal development and even surprises with an account of his apprenticeship, at age nineteen, with the poet Allen Ginsberg. Unlike many examinations of postmodern theory, Springtime for Snowflakes is a first-person, insider narrative. Likening his testimony to that of an anthropologist who has gone native and returned, the author recalls his graduate education in English departments and his academic career thereafter. In his graduate studies in English and Literary and Cultural Theory/Studies, the author explains, he absorbed the tenets of Marxism, the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, as well as various esoteric postmodern theories. He connects ideas gleaned there to manifestations in social justice to explain the otherwise inexplicable beliefs and rituals of this religious creed. Altogether, the narrative works to demystify social justice as well as Rectenwald s revolt against it. Proponents of contemporary social justice will find much to hate and opponents much to love in this uncompromising indictment. But social justice advocates should not dismiss this enlightening look into the background of social justice and one of its fiercest critics. This short testimonial could very well convince some to reconsider their approach. For others, Springtime for Snowflakes should clear up much confusion regarding this bewildering contemporary development. The book provides a clear and balanced suggestion for unraveling the tangled twine of social justice ideology that runs through North American educational, corporate, media, and state institutions. Never soft-peddling its criticism, however, Springtime for Snowflakes delivers on the promise of the title by also including appendices that collect Dr. Rectenwald s saltiest tweets and Facebook statuses."--Provided by Amazon.com
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
YDX
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1956-
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Rectenwald, Michael
Dewey number
  • 378.1/2
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
LC192.2
LC item number
.R43 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rectenwald, Michael
  • Postmodernism
  • Postmodernism and higher education
  • College teachers
  • Universities and colleges
  • Education, Higher
  • Freedom of speech
  • Social justice
  • Ideology
  • Political correctness
  • College teachers
  • Education, Higher
  • Freedom of speech
  • Ideology
  • Political correctness
  • Postmodernism
  • Postmodernism and higher education
  • Social justice
  • Universities and colleges
  • New York (State)
Label
Springtime for snowflakes : "social justice" and its postmodern parentage : a memoir, by Michael Rectenwald
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Publication
Copyright
Note
"An academic's memoir"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-174)
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introducing the @AntiPCNYUProf -- Becoming deplorable -- Pre-Postmodern -- "The Glorious Mystic from Pittsburgh" -- The seduction of theory -- Even more arcane, stranger Postmodern waters -- Academic Leftism and the abolition of the family -- Duking it out at NCCU -- NYU: all that shines is not gold -- Pronoun as tipping point -- No island is a Communist -- The politics of Postmodern theory -- Conclusion: looking forward -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix A: Best Tweets -- Appendix B: Best Facebook statuses -- Appendix C: Selected media coverage, essays, talks, and interviews
Control code
on1042123119
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
174 pages
Isbn
9781943003181
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1042123119
Label
Springtime for snowflakes : "social justice" and its postmodern parentage : a memoir, by Michael Rectenwald
Publication
Copyright
Note
"An academic's memoir"--Cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-174)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introducing the @AntiPCNYUProf -- Becoming deplorable -- Pre-Postmodern -- "The Glorious Mystic from Pittsburgh" -- The seduction of theory -- Even more arcane, stranger Postmodern waters -- Academic Leftism and the abolition of the family -- Duking it out at NCCU -- NYU: all that shines is not gold -- Pronoun as tipping point -- No island is a Communist -- The politics of Postmodern theory -- Conclusion: looking forward -- Acknowledgments -- Appendix A: Best Tweets -- Appendix B: Best Facebook statuses -- Appendix C: Selected media coverage, essays, talks, and interviews
Control code
on1042123119
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
174 pages
Isbn
9781943003181
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1042123119

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