Is Our Freedom Illusory? Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Is Our Freedom Illusory?
An exploration to determine if we are really free in our society.
# 141307 | 1,500 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US


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The paper discusses how people in our society are wont to take great pleasure in the reassuring notion that we live in a free country, however, recent academic publications give cause to consider whether in fact we are free at all. The paper discusses Vered Amit-Talai's research-based article "Waltz of Sociability: Intimacy, Dislocation, and Friendship in a Quebec High School" that paints a bleak picture of adolescents whose lives are entirely circumscribed by adult's preconceptions, and who are ultimately coerced into an understanding of intimacy as a prelude to loss. Moving to the adult realm, the paper looks at how Tom Delph-Janiurek in "Sounding Gender(ed): Vocal Performances in English University Teaching Spaces" suggests that we do not even choose our voices - that female and male voice patterns and tones are a response to socialization. The paper addresses the fascinating terrain of gender as controlled not by biology, but by a more subtle (but equally irresistible) force, that is, social expectations and conditioning. The paper explains that all of this begs the question of whether it is possible to escape socializing forces and create one's own personality and expression. In this respect, the paper then considers Cheshire Calhoun's discussion of butch and femme lesbianism in her article "Separating Lesbian Theory from Feminist Theory."

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"People in our society are wont to take great pleasure in the reassuring notion that we live in a free country. However, recent academic publications give cause to consider whether in fact we are free at all. For example, Vered Amit-Talai's research-based article "Waltz of Sociability: Intimacy, Dislocation, and Friendship in a Quebec High School" paints a bleak picture of adolescents whose lives are entirely circumscribed by adult's preconceptions, and who are ultimately coerced into an understanding of intimacy as a prelude to loss. Moving to the adult realm, Tom Delph-Janiurek in "Sounding Gender(ed): Vocal...""

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