Mindful Heresy as Conscious Social Praxis: Modeling Change Through Violations of Cultural Orthodoxy

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Abstract

This essay positions and explains the inspiration for and development of the concept of Mindful Heresy as an enacted embodiment of expression in conscious violation of hegemonic cultural orthodoxy. This embodied social praxis functions as lived modeling of possibilities for cultural expression, rather than simple expressed opposition to cultural patterns influenced by colonial hegemony and habituated norms. Culture evolves historically to favor conformity. To accomplish social change, a praxis that violates conformity is vital and necessary. Mindful heresy is the choice to do so consciously and intentionally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-240
Number of pages9
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Volume86
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Hegemony
  • Heresy
  • Mindful
  • Orthodoxy
  • Resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics

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