Analysis Of Iris Young's Five Faces Of Oppression

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Oppression is a widely debated subject. With different people taking different viewpoints on the concept it is hard to have a common ground. Iris young combates this issue by writing Five Faces of Oppression, a piece of work in which Young explains how oppression should be viewed. In her work she references several groups she says are the focus point of oppression. She leaves out anything in relation to college students, however, I say as a college student I have experienced oppression that fits Young's concept. Specifically in regards to the subsets which relate to the social division of labor, or in other words: exploitation, powerlessness, and marginalization.
As Young explains in her work, Five Faces of Oppression, most of society has
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In her writing, Young references prominent groups of 1960’s social movements as examples to her claim which is that oppression is caused by: exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, cultural imperialism, and violence. In this essay I will be focusing on just three (exploitation, marginalization and powerlessness) of these five because the three share a relationship in terms of labor and power.
The way that Young describes exploitation is similar to that of Karl Marx. As emphasized in class, exploitation in general means there is a systematic transfer of goods from one group to another. The key difference between Young and Marx is that while Marx was focused primarily on exploration of the working class, Young on the other hand says that different social groups are also exploited. Specifically Young uses race and gender examples to show the correlation between exploitation and race. In relation to gender she claims that women are being explotated by men since women provide men with what she describes as sexual or emotional service. In terms of race, Young says that minorities are exploited due to the racism in America which encourages Blacks and Latinos to fulfill service labor type jobs (52).
Young explains powerlessness to be when one's ability to make choices on behalf of oneself is taken away. She describes how different positions in labor can result in powerlessness. Such as nonprofessionals being powerless to professionals due to the

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