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

ISBN-10: 080775269X

ISBN-13: 9780807752692

Edition: 2012

Authors: �zlem Sensoy, Robin DiAngelo, Maisha T. Winn

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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, 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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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 11/4/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Maisha T. Winn obtained her Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley. Prior to that, she was a public elementary and high school teacher in Sacramento, CA. Currently, she is the Susan J. Cellmer Chair of English Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has published research in a range of Journals (Harvard Educational Review, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Journal of African American History, and Research in the Teaching of English, Written Communication and English Education). She published Writing in Rhythm: Spoken Word Poetry in Urban Classrooms (published under Maisha T. Fisher by Teachers College Press), Girl Time: Literary, Justice and the School-to-prison pipeline (Teachers College Press), Writing instruction in the culturally relevant classroom (co-authored with Latrise Johnson for NCTE), and Education and Incarceration (co-edited with Erica Meiners for Routledge).

Series Foreword
What is "Critical Social Justice"?
Chapter Summaries
A Parable: Hodja and the Foreigner
Layers of the Parable
Critical Thinking and Critical Theory
Two Dimensions of Thinking Critically About Knowledge
A Brief Overview of Critical Theory
Why Theory Matters
Knowledge Construction
Example of Knowledge as Socially Constructed
Thinking Critically About Opinions
What Is Socialization?
Cultural Norms and Conformity
"You" in Relation to the "Groups" to Which You Belong
Prejudice and Discrimination
All Humans Have Prejudice and Discriminate
Oppression and Power
What Is Oppression?
Social Stratification
Understanding the "isms"
Internalized Dominance
Internalized Oppression
Hegemony, Ideology, and Power
What Is Privilege?
External and Structural Dimensions of Privilege
Internal and Attitudinal Dimensions of Privilege
Common Dominant Group Misconceptions About Privilege
The Invisibility of Oppression
What Is an Institution?
An Example; Sexism Today
What Makes Sexism Difficult to See?
Discourses of Sexism in Advertising
Discourses of Sexism in Movies
Discourses of Sexism in Music Videos
What Is Race?
A Brief History of the Social Construction of Race in the United States
A Brief History of the Social Construction of Race in Canada
What Is Racism?
Two Key Challenges to Understanding Racism
Racism Today
Dynamics of White Racial Superiority
Dynamics of Internalized Racial Oppression
Racism and Intersectionality
Racism as White Supremacy
What is Whiteness?
White Supremacy in the Global Context
Common White Misconceptions about Racism
Yeah, But..." Common Rebuttals
Claiming That Schools Are Politically Neutral
Dismissing Social Justice Scholarship as Merely the Radical and Personal Opinions of Individual "Left Wing" Professors
Citing Exceptions to the Rule
Arguing That Oppression Is Just "Human Nature"
Appealing to a Universalized Humanity
Insisting on Immunity from Socialization
Ignoring Intersectionality
Refusing to Recognize Structural and Institutional Power
Rejecting the Politics of Language
Invalidating Claims of Oppression as Over-Sensitivity
Reasoning That If Choice Is Involved It Can't Be Oppression
Positioning Social Justice Education as Something "Extra"
Using Guilt to Excuse Inaction
Putting It All Together
Recognize How Relations of Unequal Social Power Are Constantly Being Negotiated
Understand Our Own Positions Within Relations of Unequal Power
Think Critically About Knowledge
Act in Service of a More Just Society
Appendix: How to Engage Constructively in Courses that take a Critical Social Justice Approach
About the Authors
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