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ERIC Number: EJ868512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
A Seat at the Table that I Set: Beyond Social Justice Allies
Jenkins, Toby
About Campus, v14 n5 p27-29 Nov-Dec 2009
An ally, as defined by, is "a person, group, or nation that is associated with others for some common cause or purpose." Therefore, allies are people whose orientation is "outside" of the oppressed group. An ally is often a person who recognizes her privileges and works in alliance with members of oppressed groups to stand against oppression. Everyone agrees that allies are important and need to be developed. But what about those people--students, educators, citizens--who are not only allies but also members of oppressed groups? Is there a place at the table of social justice for those who work to create social change by and for the communities to which they belong? In this article, the author argues for including the roles of advocates and agents in higher education's conversation about social justice. His experiences have taught him that there are many types of people, beyond allies, who do important work to advance the cause of social justice. It takes everyone--the whole of the society--to create an egalitarian and pluralistic world. Advocates and agents deserve a seat at the social justice table that they, in many ways, helped to set.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania