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Privilege, Power and Difference

by Allan G. Johnson
£20.99   paperback  McGraw Hill (2005)

Privilege, Power and Difference by 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 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.
 
A concise, coherent framework provides students with conceptual and theoretical tools they can readily apply in order to understand systems of privilege and their own participation in them. The book?s framework is based on the premise that the causes of oppression stem not simply from individuals or from social systems, but from the complex relation between them.
 
An approach that challenges without provoking resistance and denial. The power of the theoretical framework flows from its ability to show how systems of privilege work in relation to individuals without invoking individual guilt and blame. This, combined with a non-threatening tone that draws on the author?s personal experience, helps students who belong to dominant groups look at issues in relation to themselves without provoking resistance and denial, and invites them to become part of the solution and not just part of the problem.
 
Emphasis on the intersection of different forms of privilege and oppression. Johnson presents different forms of privilege and oppression as interdependent and intersecting rather than as separate and autonomous. Allan Johnson has worked on issues of social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He has more than thirty years of teaching experience and is a frequent 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 audience.

ISBN 13: 9780072874891 | ISBN 10: 0072874899