1st Edition

Becoming an Ally
Breaking the cycle of oppression

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ISBN 9781865088860
Published August 1, 2002 by Routledge
188 Pages


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Book Description

Already I have found myself quoting Anne Bishop's wisdom: her simple advice is compelling. Right now in Australia she has the power to lead us as we struggle with questions of guilt, responsibility and patterns of oppression which are 'larger than ourselves'.

Rev. Tim Costello, President, Baptist Union of Australia

Becoming an Ally is must reading for anyone concerned with understanding and challenging the dynamics, forms, and sources of oppression-whether it is their own oppression, that of others, or both.

Bob Mullaly is Head of Social Work at Victoria University, Melbourne

Where does oppression come from? Has it always been with us, just 'human nature'? What can we do to change it? What does individual healing have to do with the struggles for social justice? What does social justice have to do with individual healing? Why do members of the same oppressed group fight each other, sometimes more viciously than their oppressor? Why do some who experience oppression develop a life-long commitment to fighting oppression, while others turn around and oppress others?

Anne Bishop draws on her many years experience in community work to write this feisty and bestselling guide for activists, community workers and welfare workers.

Table of Contents

About the Author


Big Words

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Images: Competitive Oppressions

Chapter One

Why Write a Book About Becoming an Ally?

Chapter Two

Step 1: Understanding Oppression-How did it come about?

A Journal Entry: 'They Wouldn't be Able to Pick Us Off One by One'

Chapter Three

Step 1: Understanding Oppression-How is it held in place?

Morality, Duty, and Being True to Yourself

Chapter Four

Step 1: Understanding Oppression-The personal is political

A Story: Racism and Sexism

Chapter Five

Step 2: Understanding Different Oppressions

Two Quotes: Breaking Silences, Healing

Chapter Six

Step 3: Consciousness and Healing

Chapter Seven

Step 4: Becoming a Worker in Your Own Liberation

A Journal Entry: Racism and Sexism

Chapter Eight

Step 5: Becoming an Ally

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Anne Bishop is a community worker and educationalist based in Canada. She has been part of many organisations struggling to achieve social justice.