Draft Reading List
UCLA IS 289-1: Critical LIS Praxis
Professor Michelle Caswell
course addresses the ways in which critical theory (defined broadly to include
the works of Marx, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, deconstructionists,
feminists, critical race theorists, and queer theorists, among others) can
inform, challenge, transform, and re-envision LIS practice. The course will
emphasize critical discourse analysis and theory generation as research methods
in LIS with the aim of developing a critical praxis. Fulfills MLIS methods
Week 1. What is Critical Theory? What is praxis? Why does it matter to LIS?
Gloria Leckie and John Bushman, “Introduction: The Necessity for Theoretically Informed Critique in Library and Information Science,” in Critical Theory in Library and Information Science (Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2010), vi to xxii.
Pyati, “A Critical Theory of Open Access: Libraries and Electronic Publishing,”
First Monday 12:10 (2007): http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1970/1845.
Pyati, “’We Must Now All Be Information Professionals’: An Interview with Ron
Day” InterActions 12 (2005), http://escholarship.org/uc/item/6vm6s0cv#page-1.
Vaidyanathan, “Afterward: Critical Information Studies: A Bibliographic
Manifesto,” Cultural Studies 20 (2-3)
J. Doherty, “Towards Self-Reflection in Librarianship: What is Praxis?” in Questioning Library Neutrality (Duluth:
Library Juice Press, 2008): 109-118.
Marx and LIS Labor
Karl Marx, The Marx-Engels Reader (New York: WW
Norton, 1978), Part II: The Critique of Capitalism 203-217 and Capital, Volume
Karl Marx and Fredrick
Engels, “Manifesto of the Communist Party,” 1848, available at: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/Manifesto.pdf.
Tiziana Terranova, “Free
Labor: Producing Culture for the Digital Economy,” http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/technocapitalism/voluntary.
“Loser-Generated Content: From Participation to Exploitation,” First Monday 13(3) (2008): http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2141/1948.
Fuchs, Digital Labour and Karl Marx
(Routledge: New York, 2014): Introduction (p.1-19) and Chapter 11 (243-282).
Said and Spivak: Orientalism, Postcolonialism and Global LIS
Said, Orientalism, “Introduction” and
“The Scope of Orientalism,” and “The Latest Phase,” New York: Vintage Book,
1978, 1-110, 284-328.
Ajit Pyati, “A Critical Theory of Open Access: Libraries and Electronic Publishing,” First Monday 12:10 (2007): http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1970/1845.
Edward Said, Orientalism, “Introduction” and “The Scope of Orientalism,” and “The Latest Phase,” New York: Vintage Book, 1978, 1-110, 284-328.
Sara Danius, Stefan Jonsson and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “An Interview with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak,” Boundary 2 20:2 (1993).
Hope Olson and Melodie J. Fox, “Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Deconstructionist, Marxist, Feminist, Postcolonialist,” in Critical Theory for Library and Information Science (Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2010), 295-309.
Caswell, Michelle. “‘Thank You Very Much, Now Give Them Back’: Cultural Property and the Fight Over the Iraqi Baath Party Records,” American Archivist 74: Spring/Summer 2011, 211-240.
Dave Hudson, “Unpacking ‘Information Inequality’: Toward a Critical Discourse of Global Justice in Library and Information Science,” Canadian Journal of Information and Library Sciences, Sep-Dec2012, Vol. 36 Issue 3/4, p69-87.
Foucault, Discourse, Discipline
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish and The Birth of the
Prison, New York: Vintage Books, 1995, “Part Three: Discipline,” 135-228.
Adler, “Disciplining Knowledge at the Library of Congress,” Knowledge Organization 39(5).
Browne, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance
of Blackness (Durham: Duke University Press, 2015), 1-62.
Rose, “Discourse Analysis I and II” in Visual
Methodologies: 3rd Edition (Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA) 2012:
Chapters 8 and 9, p. 189-260.
Frohmann, “Discourse Analysis as a Research Method in Library and Information
Studies,” Library and Information Science
Research 16(2) (1994): 119-138.
Decolonizing and Indigenizing
Tuhiwai Smith, Decolonizing
Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (Zed Books, 2012), 107-122;
Littletree and Cheryl A. Metoyer, “Knowledge Organization from an Indigenous
Perspective: The Mashantucket Pequot Thesaurus of American Indian Terminology
Project,” Cataloging and Classification
Quarterly 53 (2015): 640-657.
Marisa Duarte and Miranda Belarde-Lewis,
“Imagining: Creating Spaces for Indigenous Ontologies,” Cataloging and Classification Quarterly 53 (2015): 677-702.
Feminist Ethics, Affect,
and Critical Library Instruction
Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” in Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by
Audre Lorde (Berkeley, CA: Crossing Press, 1984), 110-113
Accardi, Feminist Pedagogy for Library
Instruction (Sacramento: Library Juice Press, 2013), 23-69.
Ladenson, “Paradigm Shift: Utilizing Critical Feminist Pedagogy in Library
Instruction,” in Critical Library
Instruction: Theories and Methods (Duluth: Library Juice Press, 2009),
Caswell and Marika Cifor, “From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical
Empathy in the Archives,” Archivaria,
forthcoming, draft available on CCLE.
D. Gethers, “Knowledge my Public Library Kept Secret: The Urgent Need for
Culturally Responsive Library Service,” Informed
Agitation (Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, 2013), 73-86.
Deconstruction, Decolonization, and the Organization of
Derrida, Archive Fever: A Freudian
Impression (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995), 1-23.
John D. Caputo, Deconstruction in a Nutshell (New York:
Fordham University, 1997), 31-48.
Deodato, “Deconstructing the Library with Jacques Derrida: Creating Space for
the ‘Other’ in Bibliographic Description and Classification,” Critical Theory for Library and Information
Science (Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2010), 75-87.
Harris, “A Shaft of Darkness: Derrida in Archive,” Archives and Justice: A South African Perspective (Chicago: Society
of American Archivists, 2007), 39-53.
Olson, “Patriarchal Structures of Subject Access and Subversive Techniques for
The Canadian Journal of
Information and Library Science 26:2/3 (2001): 1-29.
Critical Race Theory, Diversity and Its Critics
Derrick A Bell, The Derrick Bell Reader (New York: NYU
Press, 2005): 73-90.
Crenshaw, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist
Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist
Politics,” The University of Chicago
Legal Forum 140 (1989): 139-167.
Dunbar, “Introducing Critical Race Theory to Archival Discourse: Getting the
Conversation Started,” Archival Science
6 (2006): 109-29.
H. Ramirez, “Being Presumed Not to Be: A
Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative,” The American Archivist, accepted for publication, forthcoming,
available on CCLE.
Fobazi Ettarh, Making
a New Table: Intersectional Librarianship, http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2014/making-a-new-table-intersectional-librarianship-3/
Hathcock, “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS,”
October 2015, http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2015/lis-diversity/.
and the Library as Corporation
David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Chicago:
University of Chicago Center for International
Studies Beyond the Headlines Series, 2005, 1-38.
"Talkin' 'Bout my (Neoliberal) Generation: Three Theses," Progressive Librarian 28 (Summer 2007):
Nicholson, “The McDonaldization of Academic Libraries and the Values of
Transformational Change,” College and
Research Libraries 76:3: 328-338.
Eisenhower and Dolsy Smith, “The Library as ‘Stuck Place’: Critical Pedagogy in
the Corporate University,” In Critical Library Instruction: Theories and
Methods , edited by Maria T. Accardi, Emily Drabinski, and
Alana Kumbier, 305–18. Duluth, MN: Library Juice Press, 2009. http://www.academia.edu/10100304/_The_Library_as_a_Stuck_Place_Critical_Pedagogy_in_the_Corporate_University._
Pawley, “Hegemony’s Handmaid? The Library and Information Studies Curriculum
from a Class Perspective,” The Library
Quarterly 68:2 (1998): 123-144.
Cifor and Jamie A. Lee, “Neoliberal Encroachments: Opening Possibilities for
Addressing Neoliberalism in the Archival Field,” available on CCLE.
Dean Spade, “Administrating Gender,” Normal Life (New York: South End Press, 2011), as excerpted in Feminist and Queer Information Studies Reader (Los Angeles: Litwin, 2013), 324-350.
Sharon Marcus, “Queer Theory for Everyone: A Review Essay,” Signs 31 (1) (2005): 191-128.
Jamie Lee, “Beyond Pillars of Evidence: Exploring the Shaky Ground of Queer/ed Archives and Their Methodologies,” from Research in the Archival Multiverse, Anne Gilliland, Andrew Lau, and Sue McKemmish, eds. Forthcoming.
Emily Drabinski, “Queering the Catalog: Queer Theory and the Politics of Correction,” Library Quarterly 83 (12) (2013): 94-111.