Privilege, Power, and Difference

Privilege Power and Difference Provides students with an applied theoretical model for thinking about systems of privilege and difference Written in conversational prose this supplemental book presents theory with examples in ord

  • Title: Privilege, Power, and Difference
  • Author: Allan G. Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780767422543
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Paperback
  • Provides students with an applied theoretical model for thinking about systems of privilege and difference Written in conversational prose, this supplemental book presents theory with examples, in order to enable students see the nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it.

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    About “Allan G. Johnson

    • Allan G. Johnson

      Allan G Johnson is a novelist, nonfiction writer, sociologist, teacher, and public speaker who has spent much of his life trying to understand the human condition, especially as shaped by issues of gender, race, and social class His nonfiction books have been translated into several languages, and his first novel, The First Thing and the Last, was recognized in 2010 by Publishers Weekly as a notable debut work of fiction and named a Great Read by O Magazine His memoir, Not from Here, was published in 2015.He was born in Washington, DC, in 1946 and at the age of six went with his family to live for two years in Oslo, Norway, where his father worked in the U.S embassy Returning from Norway, his family settled in Massachusetts where he did the rest of his growing up He wrote his first very short story when he was ten years old He wrote poetry and short fiction all through high school, winning awards for both in his senior year, and continued writing on into college He earned a PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan in 1968 and taught for eight years at Wesleyan University During this time when the radical feminist women s movement was at its height he became involved in the rape crisis movement and began his exploration of patriarchy and systems of privilege.Striking out on his own after not receiving tenure, he spent a year writing short stories before the necessity to earn a living took him back to nonfiction writing and part time college teaching.By the late 1990s he was writing and speaking widely about issues of privilege and oppression, and he had finally returned to his roots as a fiction writer with the start of his first novel, The First Thing and the Last, a story of healing and redemption in the aftermath of domestic violence His second novel, Nothing Left to Lose, the story of a family in crisis during the Vietnam War, was published in 2011.He lives with his life partner, Nora L Jamieson, in the hills of northwestern Connecticut.

    210 thoughts on “Privilege, Power, and Difference

    • Fairly early in my recovery I began to process my own racism, but I was never able to move very far beyond the discomfort of white guilt until my professor/mentor (Nicole Carr) recommended this book. It's a very simple instruction manual for revisioning our individual selves as social entities, for being able to admit where we have benefitted from a racist, sexist, heterosexist, classist, etc. social system which distributes privilege to some while denying it to others WITHOUT condemning ourselv [...]


    • Somehow books I need to read have a way of randomly appearing in my life. I found out about Privilege, Power, and Difference from a church visitor and, thanks to the awesome San Francisco Library interlibrary loan service, started reading it as a summer project. While this book is denser and less readable than Tim Wise’s book White Like Meabout white privilege, Allan Johnson’s theories provide an excellent foundation for thinking about all types of privilege (the flip side of oppression.) He [...]


    • Everyone seems to have loved the book. I didn't think it was that amazing. Yeah, he is a white male heterosexual who sees the inequalities around him and he raised some really good points, but I just thought that the book was extremely repetitive. If you read the first 2 chapters, you don't even have to read the rest of the book because it's the exact same ideas in more or less the exact same words. It's a nice easy read if you're interested in it, but not one I would read again. Really glad I d [...]


    • An excellent introduction to sociological perspectives on race, gender, and class differences. This won't be anything new if you're familiar with progressive thought, but it's to Johnson's credit that it's so well-organized and thorough for its relatively tiny page count. There is a ton of content here considering, and I'd love to see what Johnson has to say if he ever attempted to write a real exploration of these topics. It's clear almost from the outset that he's a bona-fide expert in these t [...]


    • Ever present in the 2nd edition of Privilege, Power, and Difference are the ways that structural inequalities impact individual experiences/thoughts. Johnson explores race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability status with language that is easy to understand for those new to the field of work around privilege and oppression in this compact tome. Capitalism's oppressive power & contributions to inequality are also interwoven throughout this book, which ultimately helps to cement Johnson' [...]


    • For my internship this summer, we're putting together a Diversity Profile which will look at diversity and inclusion in the Minnesota Historical Society and the other historical sites around Minnesota. This is one of the books that I picked to read for research on this project and it is VERY good. Actually, I'd give it 3.5 stars. Most of the concepts and information are things that I have already heard about and worked with in I Am, We Are so it was not surprising--just surprising that I would f [...]


    • I found the book very readable. The author does a thorough job of wrestling with the issues inherent in diversity as a social concern, without preaching a solution. Sometimes I think that's ok, and this is one of those times.


    • So necessary. if anyone asks you to explain what social privilege is, this is the book you put in their hands.


    • "It takes very little to make a difference. Small acts can have radical implications. As Edmund Burke said, if the main requirement for the perpetuation of evil is that good people do nothing, then the choice isn't between all or nothing, but between nothing and something."This book was written by a white, cis, heterosexual, nondisabled man. And I'm still a little bothered that a guy who is most steeped in privilege was the one writing this book. However, I can't deny that he explains the concep [...]


    • This book reads like a long opinion piece and does not come across as being authoritative or convincing. My feeling is that people who already agree with him on the issues of race and privilege might find the book encouraging, but people with opposing viewpoints would probably not be moved. I also got the feeling throughout the book that the author was putting words in the reader's mouth and then refuting them. I found this style somewhat frustrating both because I wasn't thinking what he expect [...]


    • Particularly useful as an introduction to anti-oppression frameworks and ideas on how one might take direct action and become publicly anti-oppression #staywoke. It's a really great, quick read. And even if you've been doing the anti-oppression jig for a while, this is a great reference guide and refresher. For me personally, it really helped bridge some of the understanding between feminist frameworks and womanism.My mans is mad spiritual for a heterosexual, white man and I fucks with it heavy. [...]


    • Johnson does a great job picking apart what privilege & power looks like and how it impacts our society in big and little ways. I wish he discussed more through out what we can do to help change the system besides just the last chapter. This book has helped me really start to reexamine my actions and implicit biases.



    • An accessible but comprehensive exploration of privilege and difference in America, Johnson's Privilege, Power, and Difference makes an excellent primary text for the college-level classroom.


    • Sometimes frustrating because of it being out of date (aka no discussion of people who don't identify on the gender binary, some outdated language, etc.), but overall a good start.


    • Johnson does an excellent job of unpacking the concepts of privilege and power and how they interact to create systems of oppression in an easy-to-understand manner without forsaking too much of the complexity authentic discussion of these concepts require. Although I didn't agree with all of his assertions, I he got much more right than I expected from someone who is part of most of the social categories privileged in this country. My biggest critique of this book is that although the importanc [...]


    • Allan Johnson uses this short book to explain something that's probably not new to anyone who's taken more than an intro class in sociology: what systems of privilege are, how to recognize them, and how to deal with them. I found it incredibly thought-provoking, especially having not read much on these topics yet.As someone who hasn't studied sociology, I found his descriptions of social norms helpful, simply in articulating the power that social norms have in shaping behavior better than I have [...]


    • Allan G. Johnson has written a very accessible introduction to the concept of privilege: the notion that certain members of society benefit from institutionalized assumptions and beliefs about what is normal. Conversely, attention is also given to various groups that are harmed by these same institutionalized assumptions. People of color, women, homosexuals, and those with disabilities are all included in his discussion; however, one group that I noticed was not addressed was the growing and inc [...]


    • A few weeks ago, I came to a former colleague who worked extensively in gender studies asking him if he knew of a book that might help me navigate the elephant of privilege and understand how to use it productively. I was going through somewhat of a crisis at the time, upset over recent events involving the mistreatment of women I care deeply about, and a growing realization that the trend of violence against women that I was seeing was an indication of societal values rather than mere unfortuna [...]


    • Read this for a Multicultural Education studies course in college. I really enjoyed reading this at the time but I'm sure the ideas are quite dated today.


    • It's a book on privilege written by a privileged man for a privileged audience.Johnson is very upfront about his position to the subject he's writing about, yet this position does rob him of some credibility which is only partially made up by his credentials. While he doesn't explicitly states it, this book is fairly obviously written for a middle class, heterosexual, white audience, one that has likely never had to think about the subject matter before. Read in this light, the book does a good [...]


    • First I have to cop to the fact that it took a middle-aged white guy explaining it to me for me to fully perceive some of the intersections between race, class, gender, culture, and privilege in my day to day life. Very few pieces of information in this book struck me as new, but the arrangement of them, juxtaposing different types of deliberate and incidental discrimination to reveal the web of relationships that help me and hurt those different from me made old arguments freshly convincing. I [...]


    • Great basic info and language around some ambiguous and ferocious topics. I felt like I gained better ways of communicating my feelings about racism and sexism as I read this book. For many this could be a review, but I think that some of the connections and simplicity make it worthwhile for anyone."If someone confronts you with your own behavior that supports privilege, step off the path of least resistance that encourages you to defend and deny. Don't tell them they're too sensitive or need a [...]


    • This book is a big eye-opener for those who have not yet learned about their privilege,or their oppression. I can happily say this book is very rewarding to read, because of the context and the topic. Johnson is a great teacher about privilege and societies take on privilege. I think most of us are able to ignore this topic because it's so easy to turn a blind eye.I'm not going to lie, my Women's Studies class is the reason I read this. It was required reading and I wouldn't be surprised if most [...]


    • Johnson clearly and thoughtfully explains privilege and power. He describes how many of us are benefiting from privilege, but don't realize it. He points out how we can change the systems that have created the differences. I found it easy to read, but as the title states, this book serves as a useful introduction to issues regarding privilege and oppression within society and specifically the United States. Being an advocate for social justice and being well aware of the issues he has discussed [...]


    • Johnson gives a clear exposition of privilege: how it's the unseen flip-side of oppression, how it works in social systems, how to recognise and interrupt it. He also makes a strong case for understanding that privilege/oppression are two sides of the same coin, and shows how 'working for social justice' cannot possibly work if it focuses only on the experience of the oppressed: it must necessarily also speak about ending privilege. A difficult idea that makes a lot of sense when you think about [...]


    • There is not a lot of new information in this book, and it is quite repetitive, yet it does make some good points. I was especially impressed with the last chapter, in which he states the power of the cooperation and support from the enfranchised group for the disenfranchised group in making any kind of meaningful change. This has been true most recently in the marriage equality movement. We never would have achieved the progress that has been made without the support of the heterosexual communi [...]


    • Fantastic book. Brings to light systems of privilege and oppression that are often so ingrained in our society that we do not notice them. This is a very easy-to-read book and is probably something that everybody should read.It also makes the point that while individuals do have privilege, it is the system that bestows that privilege. Our society has an individualistic framework by which it views everything, one which tends to keep us from taking societal influences into account. He uses several [...]


    • I went into this book, reading the introduction, thinking that this was going to be complete BS and another book that doesn't really have anything new to add to the issues we need to address with privilege and oppression. But I was fortunately very wrong, this book (while it is indeed written by a white, nondisabled, upper middle class male) deals very fairly in explaining how our systems of privilege work in society. It opens your eyes to things you already knew deep down you see in everyday li [...]


    • I read this book as a part of my course work for my Master's degree in Education.This book presents a comprehensive look at the problems of privilege and power in our society. I really appreciated that Johnson does not attack individuals, but rather looks at the systemic issues that create a culture of privilege. I did feel like there was a fair bit of repetition in the first few chapters, but he really lands his sections on what we can do about privilege and power.Definitely a recommended read [...]


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