contextualised's Journal

intersections of identity
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This community is about examining the links between current affairs, pop culture and identity. It's likely it will mainly be focused on the UK and Ireland, but people from/discussing other parts of the world are also welcome. You don't need to be an academic or 'expert' to participate, but an awareness of privilege and oppression is a pretty essential starting point.

Achtung! It's a closed community, so clicking the thingy will not automatically get you in. If there's nothing in your userinfo or recent public journal entries to give us a sense of what you're about, feel free to e-mail the mod(s) at contextualised at jinxremoving dot org. (Ignoring this and attempting instead to discuss it in mods' journals will scupper your chances.) Don't forget to also add it to your friends list after you've joined!

Some groundrules:

  • Be respectful.
  • Avoid making assumptions, whether about groups in society or other members of the community.
  • If someone challenges you on your remarks, it's natural to feel defensive, but give some thought to whether they've got a point and where they're coming from.
  • If you're posting a link or an article, try to say something about it to prompt discussion. ("Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I'm not sure how I feel about this part"; "I can't believe no-one interviewed mentioned xyz!") And don't just post a link like "Everyone should go and read this!" - let us know why we should bother.
  • If you're posting a link to a news article that won't be on-line forever, or that requires a login, it would be nice if you would repost the full text behind an lj-cut tag. Some people are uncomfortable with doing that, though, so it's up to you.
  • One reason this community was established was that a large number (conservative estimation) of livejournal communities on these subjects are US-based. While they can provide a lot of good analysis and discussion, participation of people from other places can be limited and our experience doesn't always match up with US experience. With this in mind, we're not really looking for US-specific posts, although US-related posts are welcome if they also offer relevant context. ("This article is really thought-provoking, but how does it tie in with experiences of xyz in the UK?")

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