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Privilege, Power, and Difference,9780767422543

Privilege, Power, and Difference



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This brief supplemental book provides students with an easily applied theoretical model for thinking about systems of privilege and difference. Writing in accessible, conversational prose, Johnson joins theory with engaging examples in ways that enable students to see the nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it.

Table of Contents


1. Rodney King’s Question

2. We’re in Trouble

We Can’t Talk About It If We Can’t Use the Words

3. The Trouble We’re In: Power, Privilege, and Difference

Difference Is Not the Problem/

Mapping Difference: Who Are We?/

The Social Construction of Difference/

What Is Privilege?/

Privilege as Paradox/

Oppression: The Flip Side of Privilege/

4. Capitalism, Class, and The Matrix of Domination

How Capitalism Works/

Capitalism and Class/

Capitalism, Difference, and Privilege: Race and Gender/

The Matrix of Domination and the Paradox of Being Privileged and Unprivileged at the Same Time

5. Making Privilege Happen

Avoidance, Exclusion, Rejection, and Worse/

Trouble for Whom?/

And That’s Not All/

We Can’t Heal Until the Wounding Stops/

6. The Trouble with the Trouble

7. Privilege, Power, Difference, and Us

Individualism: Or, the Myth that Everything Is Somebody’s Fault/

Individuals, Systems, and Paths of Least Resistance/

What It Means to Be Involved in Privilege and Oppression/

8. How Systems of Privilege Work


Identified with Privilege/

Privilege at the Center/

The Isms/

The Isms and Us/

9. Getting off the Hook: Denial and Resistance

Deny and Minimize/

Blame the Victim/

Call It Something Else/

It’s Better This Way/

It Doesn’t Count If You Don’t Mean It/

I’m One of the Good Guys/

Sick and Tired/

Getting Off the Hook by Getting On/

10. What Can We Do? Becoming Part of the Solution

Myth#1: “It’s Always Been This Way, and It Always Will Be”/

Myth #2: Gandhi’s Paradox and The Myth of No Effect/

Stubborn Ounces: What Can We Do?/

What’s In It for Me?





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