• Communication: Communication (language) was the word that I found was most affected by thinking of it in terms of power relations. In the definitions that I have come across for power, the same words come up: authority, control, influence, force, possession (Rangel-Ortiz). One of the main ways we achieve power is by controlling access to… [Continue Reading]

  • Ethics: “The basis of morality is a belief that good and harm to particular people (or animals) is good or bad not just from their point of view, but from a more general point of view, which every thinking person can understand” (Nagel 67). Ethics and morals are an interrelated topic that comes up across… [Continue Reading]

  • Gender: The sex of a person is biological; in simplest terms, we are categorized as male or female, and our physical anatomy – reproductive system and secondary sex characteristics – reflect that. Our gender, on the other hand, is a cultural, learned behavior, although the customs, perceptions, and roles that go along with it are… [Continue Reading]

  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s simple definition of heritage states that it is, “the traditions, achievements, beliefs, etc., that are part of the history of a group or nation (Heritage).” It is very easy, therefore, to confuse the definition of heritage with that of culture. The difference between the two is that a person’s heritage is more specifically… [Continue Reading]

  • Culture: All across the social sciences we run across common themes and questions, not about society, but about culture: How do cultures evolve? What makes a culture? How do cultures interact with each other? What affects a culture, and how does that in turn affect the world? The basic definition of culture, according to the… [Continue Reading]