It strikes me (hard!), reading Duggan now, that in all our debates in DRP, we’ve neglected any direct focus on economics, much as we keep managing to elide “real” differences (to take up Raz’s challenge to me about how different the members of that class really are from each other) – such as racial, ethnic, and national origin. We’ve been a bit skewed to the Rhetoric element (firmly ensconced in “the center” of the course title) of the course, with less attention to the Performance. And we keep talking about Democracy …. talking …. about ….
So each professor takes their job seriously and performs it well. At least, I’ll say that about the professors I’ve got right now. Stephen is The Rhetorician and will elicit rhetoric he “can use” to keep us (rhetorically) engaged. Lisa’s gaze on class and its cultural dimensions is unwavering. Paula’s meta-theorectical view on transnationalism won’t be distracted. This is all well and good. And, here’s my honest opinion – it’s not enough.
I don’t mean that each of them isn’t “doing enough” with their respective subject matters, but that training us grad students only within the confines of each particular course topic provides us with a skill set that can pretty much only reduplicate the entire dehumanizing system of academia, hence guaranteeing our role(s) in replicating a bifurcated political economic system in which academics generate knowledge and distance ourselves from power.