Diplomantiq Dictionary: A collection of themes and statements that are commonly used within the Diplomantiq website; our curation of the language and words which are useful around the conversation of progress. It is ever-expanding, so keep visiting back.
- The collective anecdotes and stories that a community/society organizes itself around. It is the main way in which humans preserve history and understand and interact with present/society.
Single Story Narrative:
- The acceptance of a single story as a definitive narrative about a culture or peoples. The term was famously highlighted by Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie, bringing attention to the power of stories causing harm if we are not mindful of their incompleteness. (Listen to the Ted Talk here).
- The (colonial) exploitation of cultural elements of an oppressed or minority community, without regard/respect for their significance – e.g. Navajo and Native American geometric patterns now used by mainstream fashion retailers as a ‘trend’.
- The destruction of a people’s cultural and intellectual wealth – e.g. destruction of archaeological sites, killing academics (Iraq) (Recommended reading).
- An idea that is artificially imposed on a society, through culture or conventional knowledge. Social constructs are ideas that do not explain the nature of things, but rather their contextual definitions. Masculinity is a social construct, as it is vividly demonstrated in Tamara Abdul Hadi’s Picture an Arab Man