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Privilege, Power, and Difference, 2nd Edition

This brief book is a groundbreaking tool for students and non-students alike to examine systems of privilege and difference in our society. Written in an accessible, conversational style, Johnson links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it. This extraordinarily successful book has been used across the country, both inside and outside the classroom, to shed light on issues of power and privilege.


“It is one of the best texts I have read for introducing the concepts of privilege, power, and difference. . . It is an excellent work covering critically important ideas in an easily accessible style.”  Amber E. Kinser  — Feminist Teacher

Privilege, Power, and Difference is an outstanding discussion of how social systems work to perpetuate privilege, how individuals choose to interact with those systems, and how we can create positive change.” Charles Dickey — Leftunder Books

From the Back Cover

“Allan Johnson really understands how interlocking systems of oppression work and knows how to share his understanding in a way that will be immediately accessible to students at all levels. Privilege, Power, and Difference should serve as an invaluable tool for teaching about privilege and oppression.”  Paula Rothenberg, author of Race, Class, and Gender

“In Privilege, Power, and Difference, Allan Johnson teaches us how to think critically about inequality and oppression without getting mired in guilt or despair. He gently but firmly removes the blinders that keep us from seeing our own privileges and how those privileges harm others. Then he shows us how to walk the talk and turn our beliefs in justice and equality into practice. This is a book that will change lives.”  Michael Schwalbe, author of Unlocking the Iron Cage: The Men’s Movement, Gender Politics, and American Culture.

“I adopted this very readable book and it has had a tremendous impact on my students.  Johnson explains the concept of privilege in ways that allow my students with privilege to hear and understand without getting defensive.  I recommend it highly for both college and high school students and the general adult population.”  Jane Connor, SUNY

About the Author

Allan Johnson has worked on issues of social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He has more than thirty years of teaching experience and is a frequent speaker on college and university campuses. Johnson has earned a reputation for writing that is exceptionally clear and explanations of complex ideas that are accessible to a broad audience.

This was a required book for my philosophy class. Privilege, Power, and Difference is one of my favorite books, I loved it. The book has been very inspiring to me, I am a college student and also a journalist on the side, it has inspired me to speak out even more. This book challenges politically correctness and forces the reader to deal with ideologies that are crippling our culture. The book was ahead of its time in regards to the Occupy Wall Street movement as well. Everyone should be reading this book right now, it speaks right to the movement and to the current events that are unfolding. Highly Recommended and honest.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2nd edition (February 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072874899
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072874891
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.7 inches

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