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Becoming An Ally: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression / Edition 2

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Overview

This new edition of a classic book, expanded to encompass the last seven years of work, experiences, and insight, looks specifically at addressing oppression in people. By narrowing the focus, Anne Bishop again raises a number of questions concerning where oppression comes from: Has it always been with us as a part of 'human nature'? What can we do to change it? What does individual healing have to do with the struggles for social justice?

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Editorial Reviews

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"A well argued, well researched, non-polemical but gentle and helpful book. Absorbing the topic is made that much easier by the comfortable and yet authoritative tone Anne Bishop uses."

-Heather Haas Barclay, Ontario Association of Social Workers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781842772249
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 10.52 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Bishop is a community development work and popular educator. She has also worked in the field of international development.

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Table of Contents

About the Author 6
Acknowledgements 8
Big Words 10
Preface to the Second Edition 11
Preface to the First Edition 14
Images: Competitive Oppressions 16
Ch. 1 Why Write a Book About Becoming an Ally? 18
Ch. 2 Step 1: Understanding Oppression - How did it come about? 25
A Journal Entry: "They Wouldn't be Able to Pick Us Off One by One" 46
Ch. 3 Step 1: Understanding Oppression - How is it held in place? 47
Morality, Duty, and Being True to Yourself 59
Ch. 4 Step 1: Understanding Oppression - The personal is political 60
A Story: Racism and Sexism 76
Ch. 5 Step 2: Understanding Different Oppressions 78
Two Quotes: Breaking Silences, Healing 95
Ch. 6 Step 3: Consciousness and Healing 96
Ch. 7 Step 4: Becoming a Worker in Your Own Liberation 100
A Journal Entry: Racism and Sexism 107
Ch. 8 Step 5: Becoming an Ally 109
A Journal Entry: How Not to be an Ally: An open letter to the young man who spoke at our memorial rally on December 6th 123
Ch. 9 Notes on Educating Allies 125
Ch. 10 Step 6: Maintaining Hope 146
Glossary 151
References 168
Index 183
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