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

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This book, published in Europe and USA for the first time, 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? What does social justice have to do with individual healing? Why do members of oppressed groups fight each other, sometimes more viciously than their oppressor? Why do some who experience oppression develop a life-long commitment to fighting oppression, while others turn around and oppress others?
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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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