Gaining Power and Control Through Diversity and Group Affiliation

Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - 158 sidor

This volume investigates why humans have felt the need to demonstrate power throughout history. It addresses how those from less powerful groups have struggled to gain power and how their group affiliations have helped them to do so. This book also shows that humans seek to control and have power over others. Consequently, hierarchies are developed and characteristics are applied to differentiate those who are in or out of power. The authors take an honest and systematic approach to the difficult, but relevant issue of minority groups.

Houser and Ham present a historical perspective for each minority group and show how they have lacked power and control. They discuss the current status of each group's affiliation and power. Examples from specific cases are used to illustrate how power can be gained and how discrimination still exists. The volume concludes by discussing how group affiliation can be used to gain power. This unique book will be valuable to those interested in psychology, sociology, and education.

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Theories of Power through Group Affiliation Social Identity and Related Theories
Gender and Power
Social Class and Power
Religion and Power
Educational Background and Power
Race Ethnicity and Power
Disability and Power
Sexual Orientation Lesbian and Gay Identity and Power
Multiple Group Identities and Integrated Social Identities

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Om författaren (2004)

RICK A. HOUSER is Professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, Graduate College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

MARYANNA DOMOKOS-CHENG HAM is Professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, Graduate College of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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