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Deconstructing Privilege by Kim Case

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INTERSECTIONALITY AND PARADIGMS OF PRIVILEGE

Teaching for Social Change

Cerri A. Banks, Susan. M. Pliner, and Morgan B. Hopkins

 

The concept of privilege examines the ways social inequality actualizes in everyday lived experiences, systems, and institutions. Privilege theory recognizes that race, class, gender, ability, and other markers of identity are “socially constructed spaces with biological connections” (Banks, 2009, p. 11) and that those occupying the most valued markers (e.g., White, male, heterosexual, able-bodied) have lived experiences saturated with opportunities that translate into economic, social, and political power. McIntosh (1988) provided groundbreaking access into discussions about the everyday ways unearned advantages ...

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