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Appleby CH 5 - DIVERSITY OPPRESSION AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONING...

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DIVERSITY, OPPRESSION, AND SOCIAL FUNCTIONING Chapter 5: Dynamics of Oppression and Discrimination
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OPPRESSION AND POWER Oppression is a result of the power of a dominant social group to: Enforce a particular worldview Control access to resources Define what is acceptable and unacceptable difference in society Administer negative sanctions Restrict choices
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Oppression and Power How does the dominant group use its power to achieve oppression of a subordinate group? Stereotyping Discrimination How does the subordinate group react? Feeling of powerlessness which affects sense of mastery and competence Negative effects on self-image and mental health Coping with submission Accepting group oppression
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Sexual Oppression “The Family” is a source of love, support . . . . . . and social learning about sex and gender Generally, patriarchal and heterosexual social construct Hierarchical roles Beliefs and customs about sex and gender Negative sanctions and violence against those who violate those norms Religious teachings often reinforce those norms and support traditional social order
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Racial Oppression Racism is the subordination of anyone because of skin color or other related physical characteristics
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