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Science Fiction and Introductory Sociology: The "Handmaid" in the Classroom
Vol. 24, No. 1 (Jan., 1996), pp. 54-63
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1318898
Page Count: 10
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Although there is a great deal of available material on using nontraditional resources for teaching sociology, the pedagogical uses of science fiction have not been examined for 20 years. This essay first asserts the need for an update based on changes in society and in science fiction over the past two decades. The paper then focuses on the uses of SF to teach sociology and critical thinking by describing how SF can help students to "make strange" (i.e., develop a skeptical, questioning stance), to "make believe" (i.e., develop critical and creative thinking), and to "make real" (i.e., use sociological concepts and theories). As illustration, the essay concludes with a detailed description of the use of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" in teaching introductory sociology.
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