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The Jordan Peterson moment is over. We have entered a Post Peterson Paradigm. But the lessons learned for academics and our universities can now be audited. It is time for scholars from the humanities and social sciences to recover from decades of disrespect and institutional decay, and treat the Post Peterson Paradigm as a moment of warning, reflection and change.

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    Zizek (2020).

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    Harris (2020).

  3. 3.

    I note Axel Bruns point: “educators stand to lose their privileged position as expert practitioners and theorists in a user-led environment,” from Bruns (2011).

  4. 4.

    Monbiot (2017a).

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    Peterson (2018).

  6. 6.

    Dixon (2018).

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    Toynbee and Walker (2017).

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    Peterson (2017a).

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    Monbiot (2017b).

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    I note Derrida’s (2020). He states, “The university is a system that, through its programs, assessments, and constraints, aims to ensure the re-production of is organization, which amounts not only to maintaining the system of forces but also to rigidifying the living being in death,” p. 7.

  13. 13.

    Malik (2019).

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    Grossberg et al. (1992).

  15. 15.

    An example of this ‘frozen’ paradigm, where Cultural Studies theories were traded for identity politics is Sandoval (2000).

  16. 16.

    Badiou (2013).

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    Turner (2012).

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    Grossberg (2010).

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    I note my emerging correctives in Popular Cultural Studies. Please refer to Brabazon (2021) and with Elisa Armstrong (2020).

  20. 20.

    The reification of scholarship has emerged in Parfitt’s (2021). A bizarre book, Parfitt attempts to argue—and fails—in aligning Jordan Peterson and Adolf Hitler. Odd analyses emerge such as, “In order to understand Peterson, I’ve had to learn how to think like him. So will you,” p. 56.

  21. 21.

    Paglia and Peterson (2017).

  22. 22.

    Deconstruction is significant in the history of ideas because it granted phenomenological perspectives a relativist ending or conclusion through theory.

  23. 23.

    Sykes and Matza (1957).

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    Paglia and Peterson, op. cit.

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    There was also a personal relationship between Althusser and Derrida, with Derrida visiting Althusser in the clinic near Paris after he killed his wife.

  26. 26.

    Peterson (2019).

  27. 27.

    Bergstrom and West (2020).

  28. 28.

    Brabazon (2011).

  29. 29.

    Peterson (1999).

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    To sample his remarkable legacy, please refer to Williams (1963, 1965 and 1973).

  31. 31.

    I recognize Perry Anderson’s strong theorization of periodization and postmodernism. He stated, “postmodernism emerged as a cultural dominant in unprecedently rich capitalist societies with very high average levels of consumption,” Anderson (1998).

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    Lukianoof and Haidt (2018).

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  34. 34.

    Carr (1963).

  35. 35.

    I note Bennett (2019). She confirms the re-emergence of narratives about heroic masculinity and the women requiring protection and rescuing.

  36. 36.

    As James Ball confirmed, “we’re all inclined to … look for and accept information which supports our current beliefs,” from Ball (2017), p. 180.

  37. 37.

    Peterson (2017b).

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    I note Overall and Nicholls (2020).

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    Dennen (2019).

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    Hall et al. (1978).

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    Russell (1910).

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    J. Peterson, “Modern Times with Camille Paglia and Jordan Peterson,” op. cit.

  43. 43.

    The culture wars are normally considered to be underpinned by a confrontational binary. These can be seen in binaries such as liberal/conservative, left/right, socialist/capitalist, Democrat/Republican and so on”, from Anthony (2020).

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    Hamilton (2020).

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    Derrida (1994).

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    Bourner et al. (2020).

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    Being There, (United Artists, 1979).

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    I particularly note Joseph Harris and his argument that “intellectuals almost always write in response to the work of others.” Jordan Peterson—through his lack of references and referencing – summons phrases such as ‘most people,’ ‘feminists,’ ‘professors’ rather than completing the detailed research required to create the force and weight of evidence. Please refer to Harris (2017).


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