Privilege power and difference allan johnson pdf

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privilege power and difference allan johnson pdf

Allan G. Johnson: The Forest and the Trees Third Edition

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Power, Privilege and Difference with Dr. Allan Johnson

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Privilege, Power, and Difference

The concept of privilege refers to any advantage that is unearned, exclusive, and socially conferred. One way to see this is through a survey in which respondents were asked to close their eyes and picture a drug dealer. When asked to describe what they saw, almost 95 percent mentioned a black person, even though the vast majority of drug dealers in the U. What privilege does is load the odds one way or the other so that the chance of bad things happening to white people as a category of people is much lower than for everyone else, and the chance of good things happening is much higher. A system of privilege—a family, a workplace, a society—is organized around three basic principles: dominance, identification, and centeredness. A system of white privilege, for example, is white-dominated, which means the default is for white people to occupy positions of power. When a category of people is named the standard for human beings in general, the path of least resistance is to see them as superior, there being no other reason to make them the standard.

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What is a ‘System of Privilege’?

T his brief book is a groundbreaking tool for students and non-students alike to examine systems of privilege and difference in our society. Written in an accessible, conversational style, it links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it. This extraordinarily successful book has been used across the country, both inside and outside the classroom, to shed light on issues of power and privilege. It includes a fifty percent increase in source citations for the skeptical reader , a new glossary, and an epilogue that explores how conflicting worldviews can make issues of privilege and oppression so difficult to deal with. For an excerpt from Chapter 1, click here.



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