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Systems of Oppression
Transcript of Systems of Oppression
Categories of Systems
Three Levels of Oppression
Systems of Oppression
Unit 2 Lecture Notes
Last week we learned that a SYSTEM is an organized way of doing something.
We looked at examples of systems in class, but there are many others. We need to organize them into categories.
Economic systems organize people based on the things they need, the things they make, and how those things are shared.
Political systems organize people based on rules that describe how decisions are made and who has the authority to make them.
Social Systems organize people based on the relationships they have with one another, and how people behave in those relationships.
All three types of systems can be used in oppressive or non-oppressive ways.
Oppression is when one group of people benefits from exploiting or abusing another group.
An example of a system of economic oppression is a business owner becoming wealthy because other people fought a war.
An example of a system of economic non-oppression is workers being paid enough money to improve their family’s lives.
An example of a system of political oppression is a government using force to make people do as they are told.
An example of a system of political non-oppression is a government allowing its people to decide what is in their best interests.
An example of a system of social oppression are television shows that only present images of poor people committing crimes.
An example of a system of social non-oppression is people working to help out others who are less fortunate than they are.
Oppression happens to people on three different levels. More than one kind of oppression can occur at one time.
When oppression happens because of laws, rules, or policies this is called INSTITUTIONAL oppression.
When oppression happens because of how one person has behaved towards another, this is called INTERPERSONAL oppression.
When oppression happens because people choose to believe negative narratives about themselves, this is called INTERNALIZED oppression.