I hope you all won't mind this short break from politics. The book at left is one I have recently become aware of and will be using in a freshman seminar in the spring. The subtitle, "Critical Concepts for the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences," definitely makes it sound like a textbook, which is how I will be using it. But it's not your average textbook.
Young people, or at least many of the ones I see in my classrooms, are not sufficiently curious about the great big world around them. Part of that may be a result of growing up in the Bible Belt, but the lack of curiosity goes beyond that. It's not that they are afraid to ask questions, they don't quite understand why any questions need to be asked in the first place.
The authors of this book provide a pretty cool introduction to some pretty big theories. The idea is not to knock some healthy skepticism into them as much as it is to help them figure out how to think about theoretical concepts that are in conflict. Or at least that is one way I plan to use the book.
Even though you won't be enrolling in my freshman seminar, I recommend this book.