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Review 'This is a collection of personal stories dealing with privilege and oppression that will cause students to think and to honestly examine their own life experiences in light of what they have read.''Finally, a text derived from the diverse personal journeys exploring privilege and oppression. The authors provide an open and vulnerable account of 'coming to know' through painful self-evaluation leading to advocacy and activism. The authors, through their personal and professional journeys, provide compelling arguments and more importantly, hope to individuals seeking their own development. The authors invite a vicarious introspection and opportunity to for others to accept and challenge their own cultural insensitivities.' Read more From the Author The title of this book is Explorations in Privilege, Oppression, and Diversity because of the elusive nature of privilege, its resulting oppression, and the diversity of positions in which it is manifested. Privilege, though complex, is generally defined as the invisible knapsack of unearned assets to which one is oblivious (McIntosh, 2000). Discussions of privilege aimed at surfacing beliefs about diversity generally have an impact on students in the same way they bring to the surface their fear of being labeled a racist. Denial and resistance often are manifested in statements such as 'I?ve had to work hard for everything I have,' 'I grew up poor,' 'I?m just a poor college student,' 'Anybody can achieve if they just work hard enough,' or 'Both of us help around the house.' Moving individuals beyond defensiveness and clich? and toward a truer understanding of self-relative beliefs about race, class, gender, ability, and sexual orientation, by their reading and reflecting on the struggles and transformations of others, is the focus of this book. This collection of narratives is designed to help readers understand that privilege has many faces and many statuses, and individuals are subject to it as either agents of discrimination, targets of discrimination, or both. Agent status groups (that is, White, male, heterosexual, able-bodied) benefit form the inequality of privilege, while target status groups (that is, people of color, female, homosexual, people with disabilities) are opposed. Reading critically examining, and using self-reflection prompted by the 'coming to consciousness' stories of others in a way to come to terms with one?s own beliefs and actions. Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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