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Is Everyone Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education [Paperback]

Ozlem Sensoy , Robin DiAngelo
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Book Description

Oct. 15 2011 080775269X 978-0807752692

This practical handbook will introduce readers to social justice education, providing tools for developing "critical social justice literacy" and for taking action towards a more just society. Accessible to students from high school through graduate school, this book offers a collection of detailed and engaging explanations of key concepts in social justice education, including critical thinking, privilege, and White supremacy. Based on extensive experience in a range of settings in the United States and Canada, the authors address the most common stumbling blocks to understanding social justice. They provide recognizable examples, scenarios, and vignettes illustrating these concepts.

This unique resource has many user-friendly features, including "definition boxes" for key terms, "stop boxes" to remind readers of previously explained ideas, "perspective check boxes" to draw attention to alternative standpoints, a glossary, and a chapter responding to the most common rebuttals encountered when leading discussions on concepts in critical social justice. There are discussion questions and extension activities at the end of each chapter, and an appendix designed to lend pedagogical support to those newer to teaching social justice education.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Resource 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional scholarship! March 8 2014
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Dr. Sensoy and Dr. DiAngelo have consolidated years of academic work AND EXPERTISE into an easily readable, thoughtful text from which everyone can learn. These scholars have thoroughly researched the scientific data on discrimination, and now have provided teachers with ways to help students come to terms with understanding the astonishing amount of racism, classism, gender discrimination present in the US today. This is a timely book, an essential book. This is a book that it takes courage to read; a book that it takes courage to begin doing the work of self-reflection that is required in order to understand the ideas in this book, and even greater courage to apply these principles in your everyday lives. I wonder how many people have the courage needed to undertake this level of understanding of our current US society? Do you have the courage to read this book, and reflect on how you contribute to these problems in the world?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for both personal and teaching use March 8 2014
By Constance L Russell - Published on
I use this as a textbook in one of my courses and it has been invaluable. It is very well-written, very well-organized, and set up in a way that makes the content very accessible to students who may not have encountered these ideas before. Many students arrive with a profound ignorance of the realities of our world. This book has been a godsend in helping break down their resistance to uncomfortable truths so that we then more quickly get to discussions of how, as educators, we can ensure we are creating the conditions for all learners to flourish. I highly, highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As a white guy, I found this book engaging and enlightening March 8 2014
By Jason Toews - Published on
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I am a white, able-bodied, raised Christian, American man. And I found Is Everyone Really Equal? enlightening, hopeful, and a joy to read. But if the very idea of social justice education / critical race theory / women's studies makes you angry, this may not be the book for you.

Full disclosure: I know Drs. DiAngelo and Sensoy personally. Which is why I was a bit hesitant to post a review - conflict of interest would lead some to dismiss my review, which is understandable. But I felt compelled to post my own thoughts after seeing the impact of the recent downvote brigade. To those wondering why a previously well-reviewed book suddenly received a bunch of 1-star reviews accompanied by brief, vague, sometimes angry comments ("absolutely full of crap", "If you're a bit of a nutter, this book may be for you", "a radical feminist rant against men", etc.), many from folks who don't seem to have any idea what the book actually contains, the answer is simple: r/mensrights. Apparently, someone over on the Men's Rights sub-reddit got hold of one of the illustrations from the book, flipped out, and urged other members of the sub-reddit to downvote the book to oblivion (whether or not they had actually read the book). They now appear to be targeting the authors' personal websites, staff profiles, publishers, etc. If you're not familiar with r/mensrights, you might want to take a look at the wikipedia article on controversial sub-reddits; that will give you an idea of the folks we're talking about.

On to the book itself: Is Everyone Really Equal? won the Critics' Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association. It has been adopted as a textbook at universities across the US and Canada. And rightly so: it's engaging, briskly written, full of salient real-world examples and backed by years of scholarly research. It seems that some of the negative reviews didn't notice (or chose to ignore) the 11 pages of references at the end of the book.

The book starts at the beginning - What is "Critical Social Justice"? - and moves on to build a framework for thinking critically about the world as it exists, about the norms which govern our everyday lives, about the institutional constructs that accord more value to some people and less to others. This book gives the reader a vocabulary to discuss and understand these deep topics, and also introduces us to leaders, fighters and thinkers in the field of social justice: Dolores Huerta, Rachel Lloyd, Jay Silverheels, Fred Korematsu, and more. Is Everyone Really Equal? excels at taking an academic topic and making it both understandable and personally relevant to non-academics (like me!) who are nonetheless passionate about social justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invites critical thinking and reflection March 8 2014
By Larry L Pratt - Published on
This book is well-researched and carefully organized to scaffold enduring historicities of injustice in North America. Thoughtful arguments about race, LGBT, sexism and more are framed around institutional and systemic oppression. Often this book is the first time students are invited to deliberate around their own privilege, and because of how well the authors have laid out their arguments, students can dialogue around heretofore (for them) issues that are difficult to talk about. Excellent sources and links to further a reader's next steps to thinking critically. The world is not either/or, and as a people who must face challenges of the 21st Century, we have to cultivate an open mind, a deep empathy for others, and understand that we can think about complex issues, and as we develop a critical social theory lens, hold competing ideas in our minds. Highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding book. March 8 2014
By Carolynsez - Published on
This is a fantastic book! It is well researched and referenced clearly throughout (so that anyone who wishes to learn more can do so), it is also well articulated and organized so that it is enjoyable to read. The authors use their skills and expertise to shed light on complex ideas about race, class, gender etc. The chapters all have further reading sections and discussion questions that are accessible on multiple levels. It can be used as a text book for students in multiple disciplines (sociology, education, criminology, etc). Readers who are unfamiliar with social justice topics and those who are well versed to all have something to gain by reading this book. It is a must read for anyone who is interested in understanding how to fight inequality and create a more just world.
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