114: How to stop ‘Othering’ and instead ‘Build Belonging’
Published June 19, 2020
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    I had originally approached today's topic of Othering through a financial lens, as part of the series of episodes on the intersection of parenting and money (previous episodes have been on NYT Money colunist Ron Lieberman's book How to Set Up A Play Room (https://yourparentingmojo.com/captivate-podcast/playroom/) . The series will conclude in the coming weeks with episodes on advertising and materialism). I kept seeing questions in parenting groups: How can I teach my child about volunteering? How can I donate the stuff we don't need without making the recipient feel less than us? And, of course, after the Black Lives Matter movement began its recent up-swing of activity, the topic took on a new life that's more closely related to my guest's work: viewing othering through the lens of race. My guest, Dr. john a. powell, is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties and a wide range of issues including race, structural racism, ethnicity, housing, poverty, and democracy. He is the Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute (formerly Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society), which supports research to generate specific prescriptions for changes in policy and practice that address disparities related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and socioeconomics in California and nationwide. In addition, to being a Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Professor powell holds the Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion.   Our conversation was wide-ranging and touched on a host of topics and thinkers, which I promised to track down if I could. These include: Martha Minow's book Making All The Difference (https://amzn.to/310c4IM) Aristotle's theory of Arithmetic and Geometric Equality (https://e-revistas.uc3m.es/index.php/FONS/article/download/2529/1705) Judith Butler's book Gender Trouble  (https://amzn.to/3hO5FGv) Amartya Sen's idea that poverty is not a lack of stuff, but a lack of belonging (https://www.iadb.org/en/news/webstories/2001-07-01/amartya-sen-and-the-thousand-faces-of-poverty%2C9286.html#:~:text=According%20to%20Sen%2C%20being%20poor,social%20requirements%20of%20the%20environment.) Dr. Susan Fiske's work on the connection between liking and competence (https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0963721417738825) Lisa Delpit's book Other People's Children (https://amzn.to/2YTLgaz) Dr. Gordon Allport's book The Nature of Prejudice (https://amzn.to/2CkToJk) Max Weber's idea of methodological individualism (https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/methodological-individualism/) The movie Trading Places (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trading_Places) (I still haven't seen it!) This blog post touches on Dr. powell's idea of the danger of allyship (http://www.johnapowell.org/blog) John Rawls' idea that citizens are reasonable and rational (https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rawls/#ConCit) Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html#:~:text=Maslow's%20hierarchy%20of%20needs%20is,hierarchical%20levels%20within%20a%20pyramid.&text=From%20the%20bottom%20of%20the,esteem%2C%20and%20self%2Dactualization.) Richard Bernstein's concept of the regulative ideal (https://books.google.com/books?id=lQfWDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=bernstein+regulative+ideal&source=bl&ots=XL7bQp2TKX&sig=ACfU3U3GoGOxP7NAQtqgK5iPdfI7z8SrPQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjB0_vij5PqAhWwGTQIHZ2uA54Q6AEwAXoECA4QAQ#v=onepage&q=bernstein%20regulative%20ideal&f=false)   [accordion] [accordion-item title="Click here to read the full transcript"] Jen 1:11 Hello and welcome to the Your Parenting Mojo podcast. In today's episode, we're going to draw together themes from a couple of different series...
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