Critical theory approach

The hidden power relations and patterns of domination within a society are revealed and debunked (Ritzer, 2000, p. l40ff). Michael Harris (1986) was an early practitioner in LIS. More recently, others have joined the debate, critiquing the roles of librarians, the kinds of research done in LIS, and so on. See Carmichael (1998), Chu (I999), Day (200I), Roma Harris (I992), Pawley (I 9%), Radford (2003), and Wiegand (1999).

From notes:
Basics of critical theory
Critical theory as being a special type of theory
Critical is an attitude, a way of approaching things
MT: discrepancy bt aims and reality
Critical viewpoint taken for granted, common sense viewpoint. We’d like everyone to be able to do this as intellectuals
But it is a fact that the scholars themselves
Roots in Marxism, but departs from Marxism
A tradition a distinct tradition
Pervasive attitude in European thought, here, it’s considered different
American tradition in comm resch social science and british media/cultural studies tradition draw heavily on these ideas, celebrate popular culture, rather than criticize

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