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Analyzing Oppression$
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Ann E. Cudd

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195187434

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195187431.001.0001

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 Psychological Harms of Oppression

 Psychological Harms of Oppression

(p.155) 6 Psychological Harms of Oppression
Analyzing Oppression

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This chapter discusses the direct and indirect psychological harms of oppression. Direct psychological harms are intentionally inflicted by dominant on subordinate groups. These include terror and psychological trauma, humiliation and degradation, objectification, religion, ideology, and cultural domination. Indirect psychological harms occur when the beliefs and values of the privileged or oppressor groups are subconsciously accepted by the subordinate and assimilated into their self-concept or value/belief scheme. Indirect forces thus work through the psychology of the oppressed to mold them and co-opt them to result in choices and decisions that harm the oppressed while benefiting the privileged. These include shame and low self-esteem, false consciousness, and deformed desire.

Keywords:   psychological forces, terror, trauma, humiliation, cultural domination, self-esteem, false consciousness, deformed desire

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