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In Class Video (01/20/16) Chimamanda Adichie

by: Kayla Frampton

In Class Video (01/20/16) Chimamanda Adichie Sociology 202 (Social Problems)

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I'm sure a few people missed class this day due to the weather. These notes cover the video we watched in class. The video is called "The Danger of the Single Story" by Chimamanda Adichie and can b...
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kayla Frampton on Thursday January 21, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Sociology 202 (Social Problems) at The University of Tennessee - Martin taught by Justin Martin in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see Social Problems in Sociology at The University of Tennessee - Martin.

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Date Created: 01/21/16
Notes on Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of the Single Story  In Class video 01/20/16 What happens if we tell a single story about an individual/group of people/situation? If we hear about a people, and we only hear it from one point of view, we risk accepting this  “single story” as the whole truth. This is the danger of the single story.  ­­Examples from video:  Adichie only drew pictures of white­skinned, blue­eyed people because those were the  only people she read about in books when she was a young girl.  Adichie did not know “girls like her” could exist in literature until she discovered African literature (as opposed to American and British literature)  Fide, the new houseboy (Adichie was told by her mother that Fide’s family was very  poor. Upon visiting Fide’s home, Adichie saw beautifully made baskets. She was  shocked because she never realized that Fide’s family was capable of making anything,  she only saw them as “poor”. The unintended consequences of the single story:  We are “impressionable and vulnerable” in the face of a story  We become unable to see others as anything but their “single story” (poor, black, white,  etc.)  No possibility of a connection as human beings  Single stories show a people/person as only one thing, and that is what they become (one  story becomes the only story)  “Robs people of their dignity” ­Adichie


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