Table of Contents
Chapter IV – Disability in contemporary media
Chapter V – Identity in its social and cultural context
Chapter VI – Oppression and its self-fulfilling prophecy
Chapter VII – Anger and Transcendence
From the Particular to the General
The following write-up shall help to create a better understand of personal values, beliefs, and attitudes towards oppression and marginalization. The chapters are loosely related, though they all follow one concept: identity can be forged from various sources to create a strong political force if mutual agreeable ends (i.e. objectives) are the foundation of a movements towards social equality.
I hope that the topics the following discusses will help to evaluate and to (maybe better) understand one’s own personal approach towards concepts like paternalism, oppression, institutionalization or other related ideas. None of those philosophies, even if such an assumption may be provoked while reading, are inherently bad; though they have to be treated with caution. Establishing an empowering and supportive environment, against the odds of society and individual as well as cultural learned norms is harder than we may want to admit.
Personally, I enjoy giving back, though I am aware of the risk that such 'support' could be perceived as humiliating rather than helpful. Even though oppressing another person sounds inherently wrong, sometimes it may become necessary to restrict someone’s liberty, if there is reason to belief that it is better for overall society or is needed to save that person from himself. So, the question remains were the line is to be drawn: when may it be righteous to institutionalize or subordinate, when is dependence a necessity, when does it become a threat to an individual’s self-worth?
Within the field of social development, we face situations where people look up to us, searching for guidance. However, they may as well envy you and feel oppressed in light of some kind of white privileges’ they may assume you carry (maybe rightfully so). Certainly, I would like to argue possessing those as well, but this read will hopefully give reason to believe that there is nothing wrong with embracing such 'honors' if we learn how to use them wisely; utilizing them as a means to greater ends.