Reflections and Future Directions for Privilege Studies

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  • Peggy McIntosh

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    1. Wellesley Centers for Women
      Peggy McIntosh, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 [e-mail: mmcintosh@wellesley.edu]
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Peggy McIntosh, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481 [e-mail: mmcintosh@wellesley.edu]

Abstract

Previous literature on social identities focused largely on the oppression of people with marginalized identities without much attention paid to privileged, or dominant, group members. In conclusion to this special issue on privilege, I synthesize the authors’ contributions and current research on various forms of group privilege. The authors vary in their approach to dissecting privilege, either intersectionally or examining a single group's privilege. This body of work is imperative to the growing academic field of Privilege Studies, as well as encouraging more mainstream discourse about privilege and oppression.

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