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Le Téléspectateur
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posted 08 December 2006 12:11 PM      Profile for Le Téléspectateur     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just picked up this book because I have read Becoming and Ally and really liked it.

Bishop uses the story of five women who are caught in the racist mechanisms of an East Coast Canadian University. From these stories she develops a really interesting model of how institutions function (she uses quantum theory among other things!) and why it is so hard to go beyond token change in addressing issues of race, class, gender and other forms of oppression in seemingly progressive institutions.

Her writing style is accessible and interesting and she is a brilliant academic who grounds her theory in real life.

I recommend this book to anyone and I am interested to hear what other Babblers think about the book.


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bigcitygal
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posted 10 December 2006 07:36 AM      Profile for bigcitygal     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love Anne Bishop and still use "Becoming an Ally" in AR/AO workshops and trainings. I've read most of "Beyond Token Change" and I love it as well. Her analysis has always been thorough and clear.

For another rocking book on organzational change and struggle, try "Dancing on Live Embers: Challenging Racism in Organizations" by Tina Lopes and Barb Thomas, local (Toronto) educators who are kinda buds of mine and kick some serious butt!


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