“Grievance Studies” Exposed In 2017, three academics undertook a hoax that would later be dubbed “Sokal Squared”. Like Alan Sokal, author of the 1996 hoax on the journal Social Text, they took issue with strands of constructionist thought that they claimed emerged from the “post-modern” theoretical turn of the 1960s, and which they took to be “problematizing aspects of culture in minute detail in order to attempt diagnoses […] oppression rooted in identity” (Lindsay et al.). They had a slightly more concrete target than Sokal: the institutional presence of “grievance studies,” out of which they believed increasingly absurd...Read More
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