- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2nd edition (February 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0072874899
- ISBN-13: 978-0072874891
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It is one of the best texts I have read for introducing the concepts of privilege, power, and difference. . . It is an excellent work covering critically important ideas in an easily accessible style." Amber E. Kinser -- Feminist Teacher
Privilege, Power, and Difference is an outstanding discussion of how social systems work to perpetuate privilege, how individuals choose to interact with those systems, and how we can create positive change." Charles Dickey -- Leftunder Books
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"Allan Johnson really understands how interlocking systems of oppression work and knows how to share his understanding in a way that will be immediately accessible to students at all levels. Privilege, Power, and Difference should serve as an invaluable tool for teaching about privilege and oppression." Paula Rothenberg, author of Race, Class, and Gender
"In Privilege, Power, and Difference, Allan Johnson teaches us how to think critically about inequality and oppression without getting mired in guilt or despair. He gently but firmly removes the blinders that keep us from seeing our own privileges and how those privileges harm others. Then he shows us how to walk the talk and turn our beliefs in justice and equality into practice. This is a book that will change lives." Michael Schwalbe, author of Unlocking the Iron Cage: The Men's Movement, Gender Politics, and American Culture.
"I adopted this very readable book and it has had a tremendous impact on my students. Johnson explains the concept of privilege in ways that allow my students with privilege to hear and understand without getting defensive. I recommend it highly for both college and high school students and the general adult population." Jane Connor, SUNY
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After speaking with a friend about the contents and attending a few class sessions, I started to understand a bit more about what this book is trying to get across. The concepts discussed here are systemic issues, not individual. That is, the author isn't talking about sexism or racism or ableism in a way that suggests that individual people are being overtly sexist, or racist, or ableist. Instead, there are systems in place--laws, generally accepted practices--that perpetuate customs that have the effect of being sexist or what have you. They disproportionately affect marginalized factions of society. What might majority culture view with disdain, and might it be because it's associated with a minority culture? As an example, many people react with vitriol when the discussion of illegal immigration comes up. Is this because people assume all undocumented residents are from Mexico or South America, and Mexicans are "bad"? There are Canadians, Australians, Polish, Japanese, etc. who are undocumented. If the face of the undocumented population was a Caucasian businessman from calgary, would the tone of the national conversation be the same? It might be, but it's worth considering whether there might be a change in climate.
A single class in this subject matter is just an introduction, but it has opened my eyes to the unearned advantages that I have. Do I think that everything that happens, every comment that's made, every position someone has is sexist or racist? No. Do I still have difficulties with this kind of subject matter? Absolutely. But I do consider people's background or the experiences they may have had more often. I don't think that there's such a thing as common sense anymore, because that's assuming the same level of background and experiences for everyone. I do think that this subject matter is important for everyone to be exposed to, as it will help folks understand one another and stop making assumptions and allow us to embrace the diversity around us. I think it's beautiful that there are so many different types of people out there, and I think this could encourage others to be more accepting and those of us who are different to embrace that difference instead of be ashamed or embarrassed about them.
It's definitely a book that is higher priced, but that's probably due to its use in academia. Buy it used! I think this would be a wonderful took for the average person if it were a bit more affordable. Definitely something I will keep on my book shelf for easy access.