Canadian Psychology

This journal covers general mental health issues through news, research and practitioners.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 4, November

Academic Freedom, Political Correctness, and Ethics
AbstractBecause it is believed to be necessary for an unflattered pursuit of knowledge, academic freedom is a treasured, almost sacred, tenet and expectation in post-secondary education institutions in North America. With this freedom, however, come...
Affirmative Action Policies Are Demeaning to Women in Academia
AbstractPreferential hiring policies are often based on the erroneous assumption that if a designated group is not represented in an occupation or profession in the same proportion as it is represented in the population, then negative discrimination...
Commentary [on Papers on Political Correctness]
In view of the constraints on space allotted to commentaries and in view of the unevenness of the papers under consideration, certain priorities must be set for replies. I would like to begin with the paper by Cannie Stark.In the Author Note, Stark informs...
Commentary on Special Issue of Canadian Psychology Devoted to Political Correctness
The term "politically correct" (PC) has the connotation of superior social and moral virtues over other political points of view. Stark and Favreau both reinforce this claim in different ways, Favreau by describing PC as "prosocial", Stark by describing...
Evaluating Political Correctness: Anecdotes vs Research
Abstract"Political correctness", by being linked with anecdotal accounts of some extreme: incidents, has become an epithet which is used by conservatives to discredit left-liberal policies, while conservative measures, which themselves endanger some...
From Ad Hominem towards Ad Res Commentary: On Some Confusions regarding Political Correctness on Canadian Campuses
Whenever there is discussion of an issue that is both factually complex and emotionally significant, it is important that the arguments be ad res (related to the issue itself) rather than ad hominem. Fruitful discussion also requires the minimization...
Is Academic Freedom in Peril?
Furedy, Kimura and Klatt see political correctness (PC) as a threat to academic freedom, which they equate with maximum freedom of expression, while Dobson and Stark hold that academic freedom includes responsibilities. Klatt even sees the "maximum"...
On Malignancies
A complete commentary, one that would do justice to each of the positions presented by my companion authors in this special issue, might take an entire additional issue of CP. Precluded from exercising this indulgent option, I must, of necessity, be...
Political Correctness and "Sexual Harassment"
AbstractPolitical correctness is a multi-faceted political movement, most conspicuous in academia, that, above all, advocates intolerance of nonconformity and a "sensitive" and "therapeutic" approach towards questions of"equity" and curriculum content,...
Political Correctness in Academia: Many Faces, Meanings and Consequences
"I disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it." -- VoltaireOf the many issues pertaining to education in Canada, political correctness or "PC" has garnered significant attention and generated considerable controversy....
Political Correctness: Reflections on a Political Debate
As an academic, scientist, teacher, psychologist, psychotherapist, and parent I have been struck by the range of response that the issue of political correctness has evoked, and continues to evoke in the university. The articles in this series attest...
The Other Side of Academic Freedom Is Academic Responsibility
AbstractThis article argues that academic freedom is not absolute, but is delimited by legal, bargained and social factors. Further, it is argued that academic freedom implies certain obligations on university faculty, and in doing so recognizes the...
Velvet Totalitarianism on Canadian Campuses: Subverting Effects on the Teaching of, and Research in, the Discipline of Psychology
AbstractCanadian campuses have proved particularly hospitable to Political correctness (PC), so that although the label "velvet totalitarianism" may be tactless and even offensive, it is applicable to these Canadian "islands of repression in a sea of...