Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education

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This practical handbook will introduce readers to social justice education, providing tools for developing ''critical social justice literacy'' and for taking action towards a more just society. Accessible to students from high school through graduate school, this book offers a collection of detailed and engaging explanations of key concepts in social justice education, including critical thinking, socialization, group identity, prejudice, discrimination, oppression, power, privilege, and White supremacy. Based ...
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Overview

This practical handbook will introduce readers to social justice education, providing tools for developing ''critical social justice literacy'' and for taking action towards a more just society. Accessible to students from high school through graduate school, this book offers a collection of detailed and engaging explanations of key concepts in social justice education, including critical thinking, socialization, group identity, prejudice, discrimination, oppression, power, privilege, and White supremacy. Based on extensive experience in a range of settings in the United States and Canada, the authors address the most common stumbling blocks to understanding social justice. They provide recognizable examples, scenarios, and vignettes illustrating these concepts. This unique resource has many user-friendly features, including ''definition boxes'' for key terms, ''stop boxes'' to remind readers of previously explained ideas, ''perspective check boxes'' to draw attention to alternative standpoints, a glossary, and a chapter responding to the most common rebuttals encountered when leading discussions on concepts in critical social justice. There are discussion questions and extension activities at the end of each chapter, and an appendix designed to lend pedagogical support to those newer to teaching social justice education.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807752692
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 10/21/2011
  • Series: Multicultural Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 158,557
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Foreword James A. Banks xi

Acknowledgments xv

Preface xvii

What Is "Critical Social Justice"? xvii

Chapter Summaries xix

Prologue xxiii

A Parable: Hodja and the Foreigner xxiii

Layers of the Parable xxiv

1 Critical Thinking and Critical Theory 1

Two Dimensions of Thinking Critically About Knowledge 2

A Brief Overview of Critical Theory 4

Why Theory Matters 6

Knowledge Construction 7

Example of Knowledge as Socially Constructed 10

Thinking Critically About Opinions 10

2 Socialization 14

What Is Socialization? 15

Cultural Norms and Conformity 17

"You" in Relation to the "Groups" to Which You Belong 21

3 Prejudice and Discrimination 28

Prejudice 29

Discrimination 32

All Humans Have Prejudice and Discriminate 34

4 Oppression and Power 38

What Is Oppression? 39

Social Stratification 41

Understanding the "isms" 43

Internalized Dominance 49

Internalized Oppression 49

Hegemony, Ideology, and Power 50

5 Privilege 57

What Is Privilege? 58

External and Structural Dimensions of Privilege 59

Internal and Attitudinal Dimensions of Privilege 65

Common Dominant Group Misconceptions About Privilege 74

6 The Invisibility of Oppression 79

What Is an Institution? 80

An Example: Sexism Today 80

What Makes Sexism Difficult to See? 82

Discourses of Sexism in Advertising 84

Discourses of Sexism in Movies 87

Discourses of Sexism in Music Videos 89

7 Racism 96

What Is Race? 97

A Brief History of the Social Construction of Race in the United States 98

A Brief History of the Social Construction of Race in Canada 99

What Is Racism? 100

Two Key Challenges to Understanding Racism 102

Racism Today 104

Dynamics of White Racial Superiority 109

Dynamics of Internalized Racial Oppression 112

Racism and Intersectionality 115

8 Racism as White Supremacy 118

What is Whiteness? 119

White Supremacy in the Global Context 120

Common White Misconceptions about Racism 123

9 Yeah, But…" Common Rebuttals 130

Claiming That Schools Are Politically Neutral 131

Dismissing Social Justice Scholarship as Merely the Radical and Personal Opinions of Individual "Left Wing" Professors 132

Citing Exceptions to the Rule 132

Arguing That Oppression Is Just "Human Nature" 133

Appealing to a Universalized Humanity 134

Insisting on Immunity from Socialization 134

Ignoring Intersectionality 135

Refusing to Recognize Structural and Institutional Power 136

Rejecting the Politics of Language 137

Invalidating Claims of Oppression as Over-Sensitivity 138

Reasoning That If Choice Is Involved It Can't Be Oppression 140

Positioning Social Justice Education as Something "Extra" 141

Using Guilt to Excuse Inaction 142

10 Putting It All Together 145

Recognize How Relations of Unequal Social Power Are Constantly Being Negotiated 146

Understand Our Own Positions Within Relations of Unequal Power 149

Think Critically About Knowledge 154

Act in Service of a More Just Society 158

Appendix: How to Engage Constructively in Courses That Take a Critical Social Justice Approach 165

Glossary 180

References 189

Index 200

About the Authors 214

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