Introducing My Glossary

After working on this a few weeks, I believe it is about ready for others to see….

I have been working on a Glossary, located here on this same webpage, that has what are hopefully basic and simple key terms related to Critical Theory and History. Those currently listed relate to my research and interests in some way or another. I have added a tab on the top of my webpage for this Glossary. I plan to make regular updates to this page. My hope is that it will help readers understand some of the perspectives I use and help others grapple with these ideas. 

Please take a look and let me know if any terms need to be added! 🙂 

As I am hoping to finish my dissertation in the next month or so, I will not be blogging as much for just a while. Thanks for reading.


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  1. This is just good pedagogy — being engaged with the students before their first day, providing useful resources, especially when students and prof may have different discourse histories/patterns.

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  2. Thanks, this is a useful reference!

    I was unfamiliar with cognitive dissidence… how does it differ from cognitive dissonance?

    I did have a few qualms about ‘teleological’ and ‘versimilitude’ which seemed to be too vague or incomplete.

    (BTW, I wonder…. does versimilitude always or usually connote that the truthfulness of the topic in question is only illusory…. or is it sometimes just a 4 bit descriptive word for something that IS true?)

    Re: Jim Crow… even though you dislike the term, it is an historical term.  IMHO, wouldn’t it be better not to editorialize on this entry, and just give its definition?

    Keep up your great work, and best wishes for your dissertation!

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    • Hello! Thank you for reading and commenting!

      The “cognitive dissidence” was a typo! I’ve gotten it fixed. I’ll take another look at how I define “teleological” and “verisimilitude” too. Looks like “verisimilitude” might work to describe something of a general gap between two things per se.

      On the use of “Jim Crow” – it’s not uncommon at all for historians to use and attempt to establish different terminology. I’m doing this with a few different things in my dissertation to work on having a more precise study. And, I like to “play” with language some! 🙂

      Your work sounds exciting, too! I see you have several well-respected psychology books out.

      I see that your studying the history of Chinese individuals in the United States. Best wishes with this. Do you by any chance know Chinese? I found an article the other day in Chinese that might relate to my research. I’m not looking to have it translated but just a quick summary should be good. If you might be able to help, I’d really, really appreciate it, and be happy to return the favor in someway.

      Have a good day!


  3. actually, there is a term cognitive dissidence (according to google, but it is definitely less familiar than Festinger’s concept. Re: Chinese…no I can barely read a Chinese restaurant menu in Chinese! Have you tried to scan it and see if google translate would do it?
    If it isn’t too long, I think I can find a friend to give you the gist of it.


    • The copy I have is an PDF from interlibrary loan that is treating the document as an image. I tried converting it to a Word file. Don’t go to any trouble, but if you do know someone I’d really appreciate it. The article is six pages. The gist would be great and especially if it says anything about “stand-ins.” Here’s the article; I can also put out a note on Twitter and some other places to try and see if anyone can read it. Thanks for your time and have a great day! 🙂


  4. This is an awesome glossary. I have it bookmarked now.

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