Explorations in Diversity Examining Privilege and Oppression in a Multicultural Society

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 5/5/2010
  • Publisher: Brooks Cole

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This unique text features personal accounts from mental health professionals, professors and students facing issues of privilege and oppression in our diverse society. In this collection of articles, writers discuss discoveries and experiences about their own privileges and oppression, and ultimately, the compassion they've developed for individuals confronted with discrimination.

Each essay will inspire you to reflect on your own encounters with privilege and oppression, while discussion questions at the end of each story provide an opportunity to process these issues on a personal level. By studying these revealing stories of insight and understanding, you'll learn how to recognize, examine, and finally, come to terms with your own privileges and discrimination -- allowing you to become a stronger, more acute, and more effective practitioner of the helping professions.

"The power of the text as I see it is that it moves away from the stale "politically correct" tone of most multicultural texts to a "personal compassionate" stance." -Professor Thomas Scofield, University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh

"This text far exceeds my department requirement for a racial and ethnic diversity course." -Professor Margaret Elbow, Texas Technical University

"The text is wonderfully written with a seldom seen openness, truth, and vulnerability." -Professor Joy Whitman, DePaul University at Loop

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Val's Storyp. viii
Emergent Narratives: How the book was developedp. ix
About the Contributorsp. xiii
Stories of Privilege: Introduction to Part Ip. 1
Stories of White Privilege
An Awakening to Privilege, Oppression, and Discrimination: Sharon's Storyp. 5
White Out: Privilege and Its Problemsp. 11
Supposed to Know Better: On Accepting Privilegep. 25
White Male Privilege in the Context of My Lifep. 33
Stories of Socioeconomic Privilege
Understanding and Experiencing Class Privilegep. 39
Stories of Able-Bodied Privilege
Seeing Through Another Lensp. 49
Dirty Secrets and Unholy Unions: Disability-Based Oppression and Privilegep. 53
Stories of Heterosexual and Cisgender Privilege
Increasing Awareness of Heterosexism and Homophobia: A Personal and Professional Explorationp. 59
Reflections on Heterosexual Privilegep. 65
How I Became a Counseling Professional Lesbian: Privilege and Challengesp. 73
"Head Ladies Center for Teacup Chain:" Exploring Cisgender Privilege in a (Predominantly) Gay Male Contextp. 81
Fierce Dyke Caught Doing Husband's Laundry: Marriage-The New Frontierp. 95
Stories of Male Privilege and Sexism
"Men Can't Be Raped:" The Challenge of Sexism in Counselingp. 101
Exploring Male Privilege: Journey of Two White Middle-Class Menp. 107
How I Got My Wingsp. 121
Are We There Yet? ... Not Quite: Introduction to Part IIp. 129
The Journey to Understanding Privilegep. 131
Stories of Assumed Privilege-Racism, Heterosexism, and Ageism: Introduction to Part IIIp. 137
Assumed Privilege: A Double-Edged Swordp. 139
"Who, Me? White?": The Process of Acknowledging and Challenging Racial Privilegep. 149
No Parece: The Privilege and Prejudice Inherent in Being a Light-Skinned Latino Without an Accentp. 157
Ageism: The "-Ism" We Will All Face One Dayp. 165
Stories of Internalized Oppression, Acculturation, and Assimilation and the Complexities of Identity: Introduction to Part IVp. 171
Oppression of the Spirit: Complexities in the Counseling Encounterp. 173
Acculturation and Identity: Intra-Ethnic Distinctions Among Mexican Americansp. 183
Unmasking Within-Group Prejudice: A Case Studyp. 193
International Perspectives-Stories of Privilege, Acculturation, and Assimilation: Introduction to Part Vp. 203
Deprivations and Privileges We All Havep. 205
Navigating Oppression, Power and Privilege in Academia: An International Perspectivep. 213
Going Through Cultural Barriers in Counselingp. 223
Elaborating a Different "Yes, But:" Intersections of Race, Sexuality, and Class in the Counseling Settingp. 229
Stories of Personal Compassion and Being Allies: Introduction to Part VIp. 239
Personal Compassion and Alliance Building: Observations of an Asian American Professorp. 241
Tales From the Heart of Dixie: Using White Privilege to Fight Racismp. 251
Yes, I See You're Committed to the Cause ... But Where's Your Credibility, and Why That Angst?p. 257
A Multicultural Unity Group for Graduate Studentsp. 265
Glossaryp. 273
Indexp. 277
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