Allan G. Johnson

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Final Research Paper Allan G. Johnson wrote a book called, ‘Privilege, Power, and Difference’. He has written a very accessible introduction to the concept of privilege: the notion that certain members of society benefit from institutionalized assumptions and beliefs about what is normal. Conversely, attention is also given to various groups that are harmed by these same institutionalized assumptions. People of color, women, homosexuals, and those with disabilities are all included in his discussion. Furthermore, important criticisms included in this book are not only a wonderful introduction to the concept of privilege, but it also delves into how and why various systems of privilege are perpetuated in our society. Johnson is adept at…show more content…
Its combination of clear prose, engaging examples, a single author’s voice, and its minimal assumptions about the average reader’s prior knowledge of sociology and its related fields, makes this a unique and valuable reference work.(from the publisher). ‘The Gender Knot: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy’ is Allan G. Johnson’s response to the pain and confusion that men and women experience by living with gender inequality, explains what patriarchy is and is not, how it works, and what gets in the way of understanding and doing something about it. Johnson’s simple yet powerful approach avoids the paralyzing trap of guilt, blame, anger, and defensive denial that often result from conversations about gender. He shows how we all participate in an oppressive system we did not create and how each of us can contribute towards its dissolution. He argues persuasively that something much better is possible and that our individual choices matter more than we can ever know. ‘The Forest and the Tress: Sociology as Life, Practice, and Promise’ is talking about if sociology could teach everyone just one thing, what it would be. ‘The Forest and the Trees’ is one sociologist’s response to the hypothetical – the core insight with the greatest potential to change how people see the world and themselves in relation to it. It is about what that insight is why it matters that we understand it, use it, and pass
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