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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (Oct. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080775269X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807752692
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.5 x 0.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ozlem Sensoy is an assistant professor of education at Simon Fraser Unviersity, Burnaby, BC. Robin DiAngelo is an assistant professor of education at Westfield State University, Westfield, Massachusetts.

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By Christine Palmer on Sept. 26 2014
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Excellent resource on social justice issues.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Barton on June 1 2014
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Enough Canadian Content - accessible for students and teachers. Stories and role-play exercises useful for high school classroom. Great definitions and thoughtful inserts
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Brooks on Nov. 13 2014
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Mostly a book of common sense mixed with thinly veiled disdain of men and white people on the part of the part of the authors, who dissect the complex issues of social justice into such gems as "it is impossible for women to be as sexist as men", "all text is racially prejudiced", and by "not seeing colour we enable racism elsewhere" after they tell us to not see colour to stop racism. This book is full of contradictions and nothing is supported by facts, numbers, testimonies, or anything resembling data. We are just supposed to believe the authors on everything. It suggests that all minorities are entirely helpless and white men are the only ones responsible for racial equality because the other groups are so oppressed that they can't do anything. If you hate white men and believe them the sole source of all the world's ills, then this is the book for you. If you'd rather an informative read that expands your world view on a complex series of issues with something other than "blame the white guy for absolutely everything", or a book that actually supports its claims, then look elsewhere.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
The Fox and the Grapes. Jan. 17 2015
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This is one of the best textbooks currently in existence for an intro to the academic discipline of Social Justice. It is well-put together, easily accessible and makes complex and nuanced arguments clear and understandable to students. However, it is fundamentally flawed in its presentation and foundations. The arguments within the book are never presented as arguments, but as facts that one must accept wholeheartedly and without question. Going so far as to say that even questioning key concepts in the book is a manifestation of racism. The author's underpinning reliance on logical fallacies made me grimace and shudder. Even when I agreed with many of the book's conclusions, I found that most arguments, in summation, are based on nothing more than an appeal to authority. I left this book and the class I took it for with little respect for Social Justice as a legitimate academic discipline that encourages free thought and open debate.
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Book Review (Had to write one for class so thought I'd Share) March 17 2015
By Jennifer Capizzi - Published on
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Is Everyone Really Equal? introduces key concepts in social education. It examines some of the issues in our society like: racism, discrimination, prejudice, oppression, power, privilege, and white supremacy. This book takes a critical approach to these issues and analyzes the idea of social justice and issues through a critical theory lens. The book also focuses on some of the issues that are present in our society that does not allow individuals to truly understand some of the social problems we face in the United States. Is Everyone Really Equal? allows readers to reexamine their thoughts, feelings, and own prejudice, as well as, to reflect on their own beliefs and bias’ of people different from them.

Is Everyone Really Equal? utilizes first person point of view to construct its messages to the reader. The book is well-written and suitable for its intended audience. This text is useful for students in upper high school, undergraduate, or graduate school. Educators would also benefit from this piece of literacy when analyzing and reflecting on their teaching practice and views, to make sure they are not being intentionally bias in their teaching practices. The book is easy to read and the points of the text are clear and concise. It is well-written and well organized. This is beneficial for individuals who may have not had prior exposure to these types of concepts. The book provides relatable examples, vignettes, and scenarios, that makes the concepts presented easy to understand and connect to your real life. The text also has various resources that add to the readers understanding. There are useful tools like definition boxes, stop and think boxes, and perspective check boxes. This helps aid the readers knowledge about key concepts, terms, and ideas, and reinforces their learning of the material. There is also a glossary of terms, which helps to review key terms. One of the features I liked the most from this text was the extension activities, and discussion questions at the end of each chapter. These enrichment activities allowed the reader to really think and explore the concepts presented in the book. These extensions are useful activities for trainings, or classroom lessons that focus on various social issues.

Educators can relate to this book and use it as a tool to reflect on their own bias’, prejudices, and discriminatory actions. The book tells readers that it is okay to have these feelings and it is important to bring them to light. By bringing these feelings to light, educators can address their bias’ and be more aware of their feelings. Through this process educators can then make changes to their beliefs and become more just. By being aware of these feelings, educators can analyze their classroom practices and make necessary changes to make sure all students’ individual needs are being met. This helps educators, especially in an early childhood setting, create a more safe and enriched learning environment that focuses on the diversity in the classroom and the world as a whole. Being aware of any prejudice beliefs brings these ideas from the unconscious level to the conscious. Having this consciousness will make educators mre in tuned to their own actions in the classroom. The concepts and activities in this book are very interactive and presented in simple terms. For older students, teachers can take some of the ideas and activities and modify them from classroom lessons pertaining to social justice. These concepts and activities will allow students to obtain a better understating of our society and their own beliefs. Educators can also use this book to analyze the construction of various institutions that make policies and procedures. The text gives educators many things to consider when analyzing education institutes. They can make sure the institutes actions are fair for students and work to correct injustices they may see. By being aware of the injustices, they can also help their students be more knowledgeable of the unfair practices that occur in society. They can prepare their students for these issues and help them to stand up for unjust and unfair practices. This helps further a student’s critical thinking ability and makes them an active, responsive citizen. This book was a very beneficial reflective tool for educators to utilize.

I really enjoyed this book. The concepts were very well defined and the language was clear and convincing. The authors really developed on this idea of social justice and the concepts connected to this construct. There were many interesting ideas and facts presented that I was not aware of. I had little understanding of oppression and power before reading this book. It opened my eyes to how oppressed some minoritized groups are. Some of the vintages I related to, and did not even realize that I have made some comments in the past, that might oppress some groups. I also did not realize how beneficial it is being Caucasian in our society. I had this idea that everyone was mostly equal today. This book shed light on the fact that this is not always the case. I believe there is an invisibility of privilege for the dominant group. We have this idea about equal opportunity. This concept makes us think that we are where we are today by working very hard, and anyone, if they work hard, can become successful. This is not always the case. Yes people work hard and deserve what they earn, but there are still discriminatory practices known and unknown, that occur today to marginalize other groups. This book was a very interesting read that really allowed me to reflect on my own beliefs, and practices.
The information in the books seems pretty accurate, but like any informational text there are potential biases. The first thing is all of the information is presented very factual, but I believe there should have been more evidence to back up the information presented. The book served as a good overview for various themes and ideas, but needed more statistical evidence, as well as qualitative and quantitative studies to back up their findings. The book did offer a chapter towards the end to address various rebuttals to the concepts presented, but I felt it was lacking and needed more concrete and comprehensive evidence to be properly supported. Looking at various reviews online, many felt like this book was very bias. I know this book presents a lot of information that presents heated responses, but so much negative feedback supports my idea that they needed to include more evidence with the presented concepts. Other viewpoints should have been more intertwined with concepts presented. Also, both of the doctors study of interest is on social issues. They address that they enjoy researching in racism, Middle East & Islamic cultures, feminist postcolonial theory, anti-racist education, etc. There course of study in on itself can reflect some bias in their education. Ozlem Sensoy from my deduction also comes from a minoritzed group. I could not find enough information to know which, but this still plays a role in their writing. Robin DiAngelo also grew up poor and white. Since she is female and has these other attributes, she too has come from a minoritized group. The authors may have some personal connection with the material, which adds room to potential bias in the presentation of the concepts.

Overall, this was a very well-written, organized, informative book. I enjoyed reading this text and found the concepts presented eye-opening and interesting. It helped expand my knowledge about social justice and all of the ideas this construct involves. It made me more aware of some of my own biases and allowed me to realize I need to accept them for my own personal growth. The presentation of the book was wonderful to help expand the reader’s knowledge and to help them understand the ideas presented. This book is a useful tool for educators to help aid in their personal growth and teaching ability when working with students with diverse needs. Even though there are some potential bias’, I would recommend others to read Is Everyone Really Equal?
36 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Opinions hidden in pseudo logic Aug. 20 2014
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The authors of this book assume that racism is rampant in America, whites are the primary cause of prejudice, and continually build arguments through that lens. If you agree and want moral support for your position, you will love this book. If you want to learn multiple viewpoints then I recommend finding a book written by an open-minded author, who avoids deception in building arguments that appear to be logical at first glance. They do it well, so I'm giving it 2 stars based on that alone. A good instructor could find use for this book as one of multiple sources on the subject. If your instructor uses this as their only source, they are probably pushing their own agenda, rather than encouraging open-minded intellectual debate on the topic.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Little book packed with big concepts June 3 2015
By Amanda B. Richey - Published on
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This is an excellent book -- I've used it with undergraduates and as a supplement for graduate students. The negative reviews you see here are clearly written by people who have not read the book or have decided to react out of fear. Does this book make you tackle uncomfortable topics? Yes. Does this book ask you to be analytical and flex critical thinking muscle? Yes. Is this book rigorous? Yes.

An major aim of the book is to help readers build a theoretical framework for understanding social justice education. To do that, readers MUST understand what privilege is, how it works, and what it means to be aware of it. Readers must understand what oppression is and how it is intimately connected to power and privilege. Knowing how structural oppression works and having the language to talk about it opens doors to other conversations. Understanding what equity is and how crucial it is to work for equity makes one a more effective advocate, teacher, parent, and activist. The reviews below are further proof that we need this book and others like it.

Sensoy and DiAngelo have done a wonderful job or breaking down some difficult topics and scaffolding the material in well-written chapters. This is an ideal book for a variety of contexts -- undergraduate and graduate class for sure, but also for those who want to "brush up" on the fundamentals of social justice and equity-based concepts in education and social sciences. This little books is a fantastic resource.
39 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Biased book trivializes men's experiences in society Feb. 1 2015
By J. S. - Published on
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This awful book cannot be taken seriously.