This book offers educational and psychological perspectives to inform practice and increase options in addressing conflict situations. The first part of the book helps the educator understand the reasons for resistance and ways to prevent it. The second part explains how educators motivate dominant groups to support social justice. This book is an excellent resource for group facilitators, counselors, trainers in classrooms and workshops, professors, teachers, higher education personnel, community educators, and other professionals involved with educating others about diversity and equity.

The Costs of Oppression to People from Privileged Groups

The costs of oppression to people from privileged groups

The previous chapter discussed how resistance could be reduced if people from dominant groups reconceptualize how they think about social justice. Although change for most people tends to be difficult, it is even more so for those who feel they are on the losing end. People from privileged groups often see social change as a win-lose situation in which they lose. Even though greater equality would undoubtedly involve giving up and sharing power and resources, social justice could also enrich their lives.

Living in a society where there are systematic, institutionalized inequities affects everyone, whether they are in advantaged or disadvantaged roles. It has profound ramifications that influence and ...

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