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Prejudice pervades our society in many guises, from pejorative remarks to acts of violence. Communicating Prejudice explores the many dimensions of prejudice. It presents a new and integrative conceptual model of prejudice, the layered perspective of cultural intolerance, and uses this model to analyze the communication of prejudice in a variety of spheres such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and classism. Drawing on multidisciplinary perspectives, the first two chapters present the model and theoretical foundation for the book, and subsequent chapters deal with specific foci of prejudice, including personal prejudice and prejudice in relationships, organizations, and the media. Included is a series of personal narratives to illustrate specific types and instances of prejudice. This book will be useful as a supplementary text in upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses examining issues of race, gender, and ethnicity.

Chapter 12: Abandoning the Sacred Hierarchy: Disempowering Hegemony Through Surrender to Spirit

Abandoning the Sacred Hierarchy: Disempowering Hegemony Through Surrender to Spirit
Abandoning the sacred hierarchy: Disempowering hegemony through surrender to spirit
María CristinaGonzález

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Triggered by the sound

us them you me right wrong

of words familiar

we see difference

anger surging within

as the memories return

times oppressed

times accused

go there in our minds once more

to this place

this way

this prejudice.

When the word “prejudice” is spoken, our typical U.S. context creates automatic images and senses of its meanings for us. More often than not, these meanings have to do with race or ethnicity. The word has become practically synonymous with discrimination, and it often is the trigger for discussions as emotion laden and impossible as those around the topics of abortion, politics, or religion.

This is unfortunate, because by allowing the popular connotations to predominate our use ...

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