In the Learning Assessments, a lot of students had questions about transgression and resistance. The following examples may help to think through and apply these concepts in concrete ways. Feel free to respond to any or all in comments:
- First, this article reports on a study of traffic laws and bicycling in Chicago. According to the study, what normal practice do many bicyclists transgress? Why is this transgressive and not merely novel? To what extent does the study show that ideas of normal are changing? What transformation of roads are some people advocating for because of what this study shows about bicyclists?
- Second, this article reports on a game in Berlin that involves smashing CCTV cameras. What makes this game novel? Would you also characterize this game as transgressive or resistant? Why or why not? How is this game different from the hide-and-seek example from class?
- This article reports on the "modest fashion movement" among primarily young women and largely based in the U.S. Does dressing "modestly," in the way the subjects of the article do, count as novel, or is this in the range of normal? If you see this action as novel, would you also say that the women in the article are also acting transgressively or in resistance? If so, transgressive or resistant of what?
- Finally, in this essay, writer Dina Nayeri, writes about her experience as an Iranian refugee in the U.S. and parts of western Europe. What does she tell you about what it feels like to be a refugee in the U.S.? How do she make herself "normal"? What has led her to transgress and resist those expectations? How does she transgress and resist? What does Nayeri's story demonstrate about the power of representation (of language and words)?