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Deconstructing Privilege by Kim Case

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BLAZING THE TRAIL

Teaching the Privileged about Privilege

Lisa F. Platt

 

Teaching students about privilege in any setting can be a difficult endeavor, but teaching these topics to undergraduate students who represent mostly privileged social identities (i.e., White, heterosexual, affluent socioeconomic status) presents unique challenges. These identities describe the typical student population enrolled in small, selective, liberal arts colleges (Pryor, DeAngelo, Blake, Hurtado, & Tran, 2011). This type of academic setting, with highly privileged students, represents one of the most difficult arenas for teaching about privilege (Ahmed, 2008; Boatright-Horowitz & Soeung, 2009). These students usually come from homogeneous, affluent neighborhoods ...

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