Privilege Power and Difference PDF/EPUB ´ Privilege

Privilege Power and Difference PDF/EPUB ´ Privilege

Privilege Power and Difference ❰BOOKS❯ ✭ Privilege Power and Difference Author Allan G. Johnson – This 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 Johnson links t This brief book is a groundbreaking tool for students and non students alike to examine systems of privilege and difference in our Privilege Power ePUB Ò society Written in an accessible conversational style Johnson links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and conseuences 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 privilegeAllan Johnson has worked on issues of social ineuality since receiving his PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan in He has than thirty years of teaching experience and is a freuent speaker on college and university campuses Johnson has earned a reputation for writing that is exceptionally clear and explanations of complex ideas that are accessible to a broad audienceInstructors and students can now access their course content through the Connect digital learning platform by purchasing either standalone Connect access or a bundle of print and Connect access McGraw Hill ConnectR is a subscription based learning service accessible online through your personal computer or tablet Choose this option if your instructor will reuire Connect to be used in the course Your subscription to Connect includes the following SmartBookR an adaptive digital version of the course textbook that personalizes your reading experience based on how well you are learning the content Access to your instructor's homework assignments uizzes syllabus notes reminders and other important files for the course Progress dashboards that uickly show how you are performing on your assignments and tips for improvement The option to purchase for a small fee a print version of the book This binder ready loose leaf version includes free shippingComplete system reuirements to use Connect can be found here http wwwmheducationcomhigheredplatform.

About the Author: Allan G. Johnson

Allan G Johnson is a novelist nonfiction writer sociologist teacher and public speaker who has spent much of his life trying to Privilege Power ePUB Ò understand the human condition especially as shaped by issues of gender race and social class His nonfiction books have been translated into several languages and his first novel The First Thing and the Last was recognized in by Publishers Weekly as a not.

10 thoughts on “Privilege Power and Difference

  1. Meen Meen says:

    Fairly early in my recovery I began to process my own racism but I was never able to move very far beyond the discomfort of white guilt until my professormentor Nicole Carr recommended this book It's a very simple instruction manual for revisioning our individual selves as social entities for being able to admit where we have benefitted from a racist sexist heterosexist classist etc social system which distributes privilege to some while denying it to others WITHOUT condemning ourselves as individual bad peopleAND I will be eternally grateful to Allan Johnson and this book for introducing me to woman of color feminism especially to Audre Lorde and Gloria Anzaldua via a reference to This Bridge Called My Back Writings by Radical Women of Color THAT book and its seuel this bridge we call home radical visions for transformation totally reshaped my ethical and moral life philosophy

  2. Kristin Kristin says:

    Somehow books I need to read have a way of randomly appearing in my life I found out about Privilege Power and Difference from a church visitor and thanks to the awesome San Francisco Library interlibrary loan service started reading it as a summer project While this book is denser and less readable than Tim Wise’s book White Like Me about white privilege Allan Johnson’s theories provide an excellent foundation for thinking about all types of privilege the flip side of oppression He describes how systems of oppression based on race class gender sexual orientation and disability status are prevalent in our society and the damage these systems cause Johnson emphasizes that the American focus on individualism makes it harder to see and understand the dynamic between individuals and social systems He explains why and how we deny the power of systems of privilege why this trouble is everyone’s problem and how we can work toward a eual society by speaking out against oppression and promoting alternatives to the path of least resistance I learned a lot from this book and strongly recommend it

  3. Umme Umme says:

    Everyone seems to have loved the book I didn't think it was that amazing Yeah he is a white male heterosexual who sees the ineualities around him and he raised some really good points but I just thought that the book was extremely repetitive If you read the first 2 chapters you don't even have to read the rest of the book because it's the exact same ideas in or less the exact same words It's a nice easy read if you're interested in it but not one I would read again Really glad I didn't pay for it because I was considering it before reading the book

  4. Nora Nora says:

    Wouldn't it be tight if everyone was just chill together? the author's thesis

  5. T.Kay Browning T.Kay Browning says:

    Firstthe fact that a book that has so much emphasis on class privilege was going to cost me 100 to get a used copy of an old edition of this small paperback pay even for a kindle edition or have access to a major university’s library was really frustrating I read this as reuired reading for my ordination process and that whole process has a lot to do with why our leadership looks less diverse than our values would insistThe book itself is fine as far as I can tell Nothing extraordinary Just a white guy with a lot of experience talking about issues of privilege laying out some of his theories and best practices Most of the examples he gives of good behavior are his own but plenty of the bad ones are as well I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone but other white men who might be a little put off by “privilege culture” and need an introduction And then only if I had access to a cheap used edition to lend them or point them to

  6. Christina Christina says:

    Will add to this over some timeThis is one of the readings for our PLC group I find the material within to be clearly written and organized but initially anyway all relatively basic Admittedly I found myself feeling a bit impatient with it because none of it was new That said this is an excellent primer for teaching about privilege power and difference particularly to a skeptical or uninformed audience Honestly I think our all white except for one and all male except for one administration would benefit tremendously from reading and reflecting on its content I've found most administrations at independent and private schools to be so homogenous and despite good intentions there is a tendency to play nice and not really dig into the thorny complex painful and personal aspects of EID issues It's hard for people to speak up without anticipating defensiveness or negative conseuences for rocking the boat and it's hard for those in privileged positions to truly see the issues that play out in both subtle and overt ways I am eager to see the ripple effects of reading and discussing works like this one He embeds relevant and powerful historical and contemporary examples into his discussions of these concepts and accessibly acknowledges people's resistance to truly reflecting on ourselves and our own participation in patterns of indifference or oppression Since few people like to see themselves as bad the words are taboo in 'polite' company including many training programs in corporations and universities So instead of talking about the sexism and racism that plague people's lives the focus is on 'diversity' and 'tolerance' and 'appreciating difference' all good things to talk about but not at all the same as the isms and the trouble they're connected to 10 One particularly striking for me uote was from an expert in disability studies who also happens to use a wheelchair that children approach him without hesitation or fear but they become fearful as they get older This is a good reminder for me to be vigilant and mindful of how I raise my own children and who I expose them to It has become of an uphill battle to immerse ourselves in a diverse array of peoples and life styles we've grown increasingly comfortable and tracked in many ways to remain in a privileged bubble I need to confront my own prejudices and preferences and constantly evaluate my values and goals for how I want to live my life and raise my children Comfort may not be the best option despite its allure and securityPerhaps than any other factor the reluctance to recognize the serious and entrenched forms of privilege is why most diversity programs serve as little than a distraction and produce limited and short lived results 23Oh boy I have no doubt that nearly every reader of this review and anyone who has worked in schools or organizations with diversity programs has experienced this Creating a robust real effective diversity program is so hard I'd love to find experience and learn from good ones Surely there must be some out there His historical review of the origins of racial categories points our attention to the white supremacy white nationalism and the publicized forms of hate crimes today he doesn't get political in an obvious sense but you can connect the dotsI think the book gets really interesting for the sake of PLC discussions especially starting in chapter 4 after all of the introductory material Because a microaggressive act can be defended as 'small' and ambiguous 'I was only kidding' it can have an outsized effect by encouraging members of subordinate groups to doubt themselves 'Am I being too sensitive?' as they try to figure out what to make of it and its significance 49Avoidance exclusion rejection and devaluing often happen in ways noticed only by the person experiencing them and they can happen without anyone intending harm 50 The result is patterns of women and girls learning to circumscribe their lives in order to reduce the odds of being singled out for harassment or attack When subordinate groups get fed up and express rage frustration and resentment there is always the danger that powerful others men whites Anglos the nondisabled heterosexuals the middle and upper classes will not like it and will retaliate with accusations of being 'unprofessional' or 'malcontents' 'maladjusted whiners' 'troublemakers' 'overly emotional' 'bitches' 'out of control' 'male bashers' Given the cultural authority and the power to harm that such retaliation carries it can be hard to defend against further adding to the burden of oppression and increasing the unearned advantage of privilege 52Here's what really packs a punch for so many people in positions of authorityThe position of white people and men in the world leaves them ill euipped to know what their female and minority subordinates coworkers and colleagues are up against as they try to make their way in organizations The path of least resistance is for those in a privileged position to see little or no reason to examine themselves in relation to the oppression that damages so many people's lives to come to terms with how living in a world organized around privilege has shaped them and how they see other people and themselves They might try to be fair which is to say to treat women as they would men or people of color as they would whites but this approach pretends that racism and sexism do not exist beyond conscious awareness and personal intentions and makes it easier for them to feel unconnected to the trouble It makes even the possibility of diminishing that dysfunction and vulnerability for say a while male to mentor white women and people of color everything but a path of least resistance It also does not serve the needs of people on the outside looking in 57If the person in power does not talk about or acknowledge privilege and oppression the subordinate trying to learn the ropes and get along is unlikely to risk making powerful people uncomfortable by bringing it up With so much of importance left unsaid it is hard to trust those in power As a result people do not learn what they need to know They wind up stuck in place or in some backwater position within the organization their talents and abilities unrealized and of no particular use to anyone including themselves Or they strike out on their own dropping out of school or transferring to another university or leaving a job to start their own business or to work for a company that understands the importance of meeting the issues head on 57Most organizational failures in the area of diversity result not from being run by mean spirited bigots they're not but from poorly dealing with issues of privilege or likely not dealing with them at all unless the issue seem to go away without confronting the deeper reality of privilege and oppression 58I found this to be notableImages of healing are also problematic because they imply that the damage being done is primarily emotional As reasonable as it sounds it ignores the fact that a lot of the trouble does not begin and end with interpersonal relations and emotional wounds Much of it is embedded in structures of power and ineuality that shape almost every aspect of life in this society from segregation to economics politics religion schools and the family The idea that we are going to get out of this by somehow getting to a place where we are kinder and sensitive to one another ignores most of what we have to overcome which is all that has kept us from it for so long It sets us up to walk right past the trouble toward an alternative that does not and cannot exist until we do something about what creates and drives privilege and oppression in the first place And that is something that needs to be changed not healed 59Appealing to healing feeds on the desperate illusion that if we ignore it long enough or try to replace it with good intentions it will go away 59 YESThe above mostly covers chs 1 4Another problem with acting from a sense of principle or virtue is that part of its appeal is the good feeling it gives people when they do it which usually works only as long as the feeling lasts What is sustaining is a sense of ownership that the trouble is truly our own and not someone else's because this means our responsibility to do something no longer feels like an option 63 64Very thorough list under Getting Off the Hook Denial and Resistance ch 8A lot of his statements under What Can We Do? ch 9 hinges on faith in progress from collective efforts even when we cannot see them To uestion who we are and how the world works as we look for alternatives It takes only one person to tear the fabric of collusion and apparent consensus 112 The simplest way to help others make different choices is to make them ourselves in the open where everyone can see As we shift the patterns of our own participation we make it easier for others to do it too and at the same time we make it harder to stay on the old path 113we are not reuired to change people's minds But we can shift the odds in favor of new paths that contradict core values on which system of privilege depend 113I find his specific lists to be most pedagogically helpful He has great ones such as one on what privilege looks like in everyday life adapted from McIntosh's essay 27 31 why dominant groups don't see privilege as a problem 61 62 and a list of uestions that reveal worldview differences 136Some excellent uestions at the end esp good for teaching 140

  7. Joe Joe says:

    An excellent introduction to sociological perspectives on race gender and class differences This won't be anything new if you're familiar with progressive thought but it's to Johnson's credit that it's so well organized and thorough for its relatively tiny page count There is a ton of content here considering and I'd love to see what Johnson has to say if he ever attempted to write a real exploration of these topics It's clear almost from the outset that he's a bona fide expert in these topics and understands them inside and out which I appreciate in what usually amounts to a cultural conversation filled with personal opinion but very little fact Johnson strays away from this and veers toward a matter of fact explanation and it makes Privilege Power and Difference all the better for it I'll be gifting this book a lot I imagineOf special note is his concise explanation of how capitalism affects the development of stratification among different classes thereby leading to varying degrees of racism and sexism His presentation of these issues is thus far the best I've read and does a fantastic job of framing conflicts of race and gender by bringing them back to their economic origins Johnson also effectively refutes the argument that fear and hatred follows from personal differences; he explains that historically this isn't true and rose about the same time capitalist power structures really began to gain steam the 18th and 19th centuriesThere are many moments of clarity hidden in this small volume but I won't spoil them here Johnson's book deserves a read by anyone interested in understanding issues regarding privilege race and gender difference and class conflict It's an excellent starting point that most certainly puts you suare in the middle of all of it and facing the right direction too

  8. Stacy Stacy says:

    This book is an excellent introduction to incredibly loaded topics You likely won't find it groundbreaking if you're familiar with said topics but you might find yourself with additional ways to articulate why you think what you think or feel what you feel

  9. Jody Bowie Jody Bowie says:

    An easy read helps the beginner think in terms of privilege and oppression in society Must be read with a willingness to learn If one reads this and believes there isn't systemic oppression of others in our society those readers will be disappointed

  10. Jared Lancaster Jared Lancaster says:

    Wish I could get the President of the United States to sit in a clockwork orange style contraption and force him to read this line by line

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