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Frustrated with the debate on political correctness, I discuss what I perceive to be common blind spots on both the right and the left. I take the common ‘left’ view that taking care of others and deconstructing discriminatory norms is important but argue A) that care must be understood in context and B) that the policing of language is not always productive.

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Professor Finbarr Curtis studies religion and politics as well as theory and method in religious studies. His most recent book engages subjects ranging from nineteenth-century revivalism to contemporary legal debates about corporations in order to examine how the rhetoric of religious freedom has participated in the production and distribution of a variety of forms of social power in American life. Before landing at Georgia Southern, Curtis taught at UC San Diego, New York University, Fresno State, Bucknell University, Lafayette College, and the University of Alabama.

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