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Oppression is experienced by anyone who does not fit the profile of the dominant group in Western societies-people of colour or with disabilities; women; gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons; the young and the old; the poor. Privilege is the inverse to oppression, given to us by society if wepossess those characteristics that society values, such as being male, white, heterosexual, affluent, and non-disabled. In the second edition of Challenging Oppression and Confronting Privilege, Bob Mullaly examines in detail the many forms that oppression can take, at the personal, cultural, andstructural (or institutional) levels and explores their relationship to privilege in society. Using this framework, he outlines the anti-oppressive approaches and practices that social work must adopt if it is really to assist those on whom an inferior variety of citizenship has been imposed. Healso discusses what privilege has to do with social workers and presents a number of activities that confront and challenge privilege to make a difference with their practice.
Bob Mullaly is Senior Scholar in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba.
Table of Contents
|Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations||p. 1|
|The Imperative of Theory||p. 1|
|Social Problems: The Great Paradox of the Helping Professions||p. 3|
|Order and Conflict/Change Perspectives||p. 8|
|Critical Social Theory||p. 16|
|Critical Social Work Theory||p. 19|
|Modernism and Postmodernism||p. 21|
|Major Concepts Associated with Oppression/Anti-Oppression Framework||p. 24|
|Critical Questions for Discussion||p. 32|
|Further Readings||p. 33|
|Oppression: An Overview||p. 34|
|Diversity, Difference, and Oppression||p. 34|
|Social Work Approaches to Difference||p. 37|
|The Nature of Oppression||p. 38|
|Oppression as a Social Justice Issue||p. 44|
|The Genealogy of Modern-day Oppression and the Politics of Identity||p. 48|
|The Dynamics of Oppression||p. 53|
|Forms of Oppression||p. 55|
|Personal, Cultural, and Structural Levels of Oppression||p. 61|
|Critical Questions for Discussion||p. 64|
|Further Readings||p. 65|
|Oppression at the Personal Level||p. 67|
|Normalizing Gaze and Objectified Bodies||p. 67|
|Acts of Oppression at the Personal Level||p. 68|
|Effects of Oppression on the Individual||p. 73|
|Surviving Oppression: Responses of Oppressed People at the Personal Level||p. 83|
|Critical Social Theory and Personal Oppression||p. 88|
|Critical Questions for Discussion||p. 90|
|Further Readings||p. 91|
|Oppression at the Cultural Level||p. 93|
|Culture (the 'Poor Cousin' in Social Work)||p. 96|
|The Dominant Culture||p. 98|
|Popular/Mass Culture||p. 101|
|Critical Social Theories of Culture||p. 102|
|Stereotypes as Cultural Expressions of Oppression||p. 110|
|Language and Discourse as Mechanisms of Oppression (and Anti-Oppression)||p. 114|
|Social Work and Cultural Oppression||p. 118|
|Critical Questions for Discussion||p. 124|
|Further Readings||p. 125|
|Oppression at the Structural Level||p. 126|
|Social Relations and Oppression||p. 127|
|The Politics of Difference||p. 135|
|Economic Relations and Oppression||p. 138|
|Political Relations and Oppression||p. 144|
|Effects of Structural Oppression||p. 150|
|Social Determinants of Health||p. 154|
|Critical Questions for Discussion||p. 158|
|Further Readings||p. 158|
|Internalized Oppression and Domination||p. 160|
|Psychology of Oppression||p. 160|
|Inferiority and Internalized Oppression||p. 162|
|The Master-Slave Paradigm||p. 163|
|False Consciousness||p. 167|
|Other Perspectives on Internalized Oppression||p. 172|
|Psychology of Liberation||p. 178|
|Internalized Domination||p. 179|
|Critical Questions for Discussion||p. 185|
|Further Readings||p. 186|
|The 'Web': The Multiplicity, Intersectionality, and Heterogeneity of Oppression||p. 188|
|Multiple Identities and the Persistence of Domination and Oppression||p. 189|
|Models of Multiple Oppressions||p. 191|
|Intersections of Oppression: An Analysis||p. 198|
|Heterogeneity within Oppressed Groups||p. 203|
|Critical Questions for Discussion||p. 218|
|Further Readings||p. 218|
|Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice at the Personal and Cultural Levels||p. 220|
|Anti-Oppressive Practice at the Personal Level||p. 222|
|Anti-Oppressive Practice at the Cultural Level||p. 242|
|Challenging the Organization||p. 252|
|Critical Questions for Discussion||p. 257|
|Further Readings||p. 258|
|Anti-Oppressive Social Work at the Structural Level and Selected Principles of Anti-Oppressive Social Work||p. 259|
|Anti-Oppressive Practice at the Structural Level||p. 259|
|Selected Principles of Anti-oppressive Social Work Practice||p. 272|
|The Constructive Use of Anger||p. 282|
|Critical Questions for Discussion||p. 285|
|Further Readings||p. 285|
|Unpacking Our Knapsacks of Invisible Privilege||p. 287|
|The Nature of Privilege||p. 288|
|Dynamics of Privilege||p. 292|
|Why Dominant Groups Do Not See Privilege as a Problem||p. 296|
|A Taxonomy of Everyday Examples of Unearned Privilege||p. 299|
|Social Work and Privilege||p. 308|
|What Can We Do?||p. 311|
|Critical Questions for Discussion||p. 319|
|Further Readings||p. 320|
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