CEP 240 - CEP 240 January 20th -meeting is January 26th...

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CEP 240 January 20 th -meeting is January 26th Privileged: individuals or groups whose memberships give them advantages and power over others in society. In the U.S. this generally refers to: -white people -people without disabilities -heterosexuals -males -Christians -property owners/ middle-upper class people -middle aged people -English speaking people Oppression: The combination of prejudice and institutional power which creates a system that discriminated against some groups (often called “target groups” or “non-dominant groups”) and benefits other groups called (“dominant or non-targeted groups”) Targeted groups include (but are not limited to): -individuals of color -women -individuals who identify as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, or questioning) -Non-Christians -lower working class non-property owners -young and elderly individuals -non English speakers -Racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, ethnocentrism, classism, and ageism. -These systems enable dominant groups to exert control over target groups by limiting their rights, freedom, and access to basic resources such as health care, education, employment and housing. -people subjected to exploitation, marginalization, powerless, cultural imperialism, and violence. -Target groups are kept in their place by the dominant (non-target) group’s ideology, which supports oppression by: -denying that it exists -and blaming the conditions of oppression on actions of the targets themselves. Disability- a basic diversity issue…not to be pitied, patronized or vilified. Medical Model of Disability: disability resides in the individual Social Model: Disability itself is not a tragedy, but society’s response to impairment can be. Ableism: a system or discrimination that oppresses people who have mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. Ableist assumptions can undermine education of individuals. Allies are people passionately committed to eliminating systems of oppression that unjustly benefit them. Allies: -educate themselves about oppression -learn from others who are targets of oppression -examine and challenge their own prejudices, stereotypes, and assumptions -work through guilt, shame, and defensiveness
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-challenge oppressive remarks, behaviors, policies and structures -collaborate with target group members to eliminate oppression Classism: the belief that one’s class makes one superior to members of classes below one’s own. -Social class can impact an individual’s future more than most other variables (e.g. education level, employment opportunities) -individuals from privileged groups have many advantages that can enhance success -individuals NOT from privileged groups have little control over the access they have to prestige, income, wealth, occupation, education, power. -most individuals remain in the class they were born into
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2012 for the course CEP 240 taught by Professor Dalhoe during the Spring '07 term at Michigan State University.

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CEP 240 - CEP 240 January 20th -meeting is January 26th...

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