Decoding Privilege : Exploring White College Students' Views on Social Inequality book cover
1st Edition

Decoding Privilege
Exploring White College Students' Views on Social Inequality

ISBN 9780367535292
Published December 30, 2021 by Routledge
238 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores how White students understand the concept of privilege so that educators can more effectively teach students about social power and inequality. Specially, the text examines three elements that influence how White college students understand privilege: Ideas, beliefs, and feelings. As this volume demonstrates, examining all three aspects of students’ understanding is critical for educators who wish to effectively educate White students about the nature of social inequality and specific manifestations of privilege. The book concludes with curricular and pedagogical considerations that educators may incorporate into their teaching practice.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Contextualizing White College Students’ Views About Privilege  1. Exploring How Student Learning Works 2. How Social Groups Contextualize Learning About and Our Understanding of Privilege 3. Core Ideas About Privilege 4. Anchoring Beliefs About Privilege 5. Compelling Feelings About Privilege 6. An Iron Triangle: How Ideas, Beliefs, and Feelings Collectively Inform Our Understanding About Privilege  Conclusion: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go?

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D. Scott Tharp is an affiliated faculty member in the MSW Program at DePaul University and a scholar-practitioner and educational interventionist in the areas of social justice education curriculum design, facilitation, and assessment. For more information, visit his website at