Addressing Systems of Power and Oppression

Tina P. Kruse

in Making Change

Published in print January 2019 | ISBN: 9780190849795
Published online February 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190849825 | DOI:

Series: Social Justice and Youth Community Prac

Addressing Systems of Power and Oppression

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This chapter offers a primer of key concepts and applications in social justice work. It traces the practices of critical pedagogy, the processes of critical consciousness toward social change, and the healing potential of collectivism, hope, and caring. Examples of youth social entrepreneurship demonstrate such practices in varying degrees and are discussed within the chapter. Key concepts in this chapter include methods for empowering young people to identify the uneven social order and to recognize power hierarchies as socially constructed. Relatedly, the chapter looks at the needed social healing and trauma-informed practices for harm due to gaps in access to education, employment, and opportunity.

Keywords: critical consciousness; critical pedagogy; social healing; trauma-informed practices; collective trauma

Chapter.  5073 words. 

Subjects: Child and Adolescent Social Work ; Organizations

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