Critical Political Correctness in the Era of Properness

Isaac Tapia Martinez, University of Texas at El Paso


In an Era of Properness, opinions, beliefs, expressions, attitudes, and actions are suppressed through Repressing Situationalities with the ultimate goal of portraying an acceptable and mainstream proper personal display. Repressing situationalities are stances an individual takes that limits it from attempting or reaching their full potential on diverse objectives as they are disempowering states of mind and body linked to deterministic, fatalistic and conformist ideological frameworks. Inner motives and external pressures play a critical role in how decisions are made, especially those related to behavior. This dissertation investigates and describes from an advocacy and participatory worldview, how mainstream Repressing Situationalities influence people’s decision-making under a Social Desirability Bias framework or in a politically correct context. It is under the control and influence of mainstream settings that Political Correctness and Social Desirability Bias flourish and thrive. Behaving in mainstream manners are not only expected but welcomed and rewarded by validated institutions, organizations, and entities. Multidisciplinary research has pointed out that Repressing Situationalities are related to doctrines, ideologies, paradigms and worldviews; however, this study integrates the role of Political Correctness and Social Desirability Bias into the equation. Research participants’ perception and use of time and space were examined to understand how they relate to Repressing Situationalities. The theoretical perspectives used in this study were Social Psychology, Critical Socio Psychology and Critical Theory. The study used a Sequential Transformative Mixed Methods Research Design with the intention of encouraging social justice through the findings of the study.

Subject Area

Social research|Social structure|Social psychology

Recommended Citation

Martinez, Isaac Tapia, "Critical Political Correctness in the Era of Properness" (2019). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI27668127.