Explorations in Diversity: Examining the Complexities of Privilege, Discrimination, and Oppression (3rd edition)

Sharon K. Anderson; Valerie A. Middleton

Every person comes to know and understand their life from their own perspective. As a result, it is often difficult and sometimes unbelievable to realize that others, whom one may or may not know, might also experience daily life in a vastly different way. Explorations in Diversity offers readers the opportunity to step into the lives of diverse others and experience their lives through their eyes. Some readers may find themselves struggling to comprehend or even believe the experiences this text's authors share, or where they fit within each narrative. However, each account in this text ultimately aims to open minds, hearts, and mouths in ways that push each of us toward a better understanding of our own privileged statuses so that we can use who we are, what we say, and what we do to make our society more accepting and inclusive of all our diverse representations.


Section 1-Stories of White Privilege, White Racial Identity, Whiteness, and Intersectionality; Chapter 1: An Awakening to Privilege, Oppression, and Discrimination; Sharon K. Anderson; Chapter 2: Whiteout: Growing Out of the Problem of White Privilege; Heidi A. Zetzer; Chapter 3: The Challenge of Accepting White Privilege after Living a Life of Poverty; Deborah Megivern Foster; Section 2-Stories of Ethnic Complexities, Privilege, and Intersectionality; Chapter 4: No Parece, pero soy Latino: The Privilege and Prejudice Inherent in Being a Light-Skinned Latino without an Accent; Edward A. Delgado-Romero; Chapter 5: Going Through Cultural Barriers in Counseling; Ruth Chao and Ying Shan Doris Zhang; Chapter 6: Oppression of the Spirit: Complexities in the Counseling Encounter; Devika Dibya Choudhuri; Chapter 7: Unmasking Within-Group Prejudice, Internalized Oppression, and Privilege: A Case Study; Felice Lichaw, Marya Howell-Carter, Meagan Voulo, and Michael Harris; Chapter 8: Exploring the Intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the Clinical Setting; Damien W. Riggs; Chapter 9: Navigating Oppression, Diversity, Power, and Privilege in Pursuit of Achievement and Success: An International Perspective; Saliwe M. Kawewe; Section 3-Stories of Assumed Privilege; Chapter 10: Assumed Privilege: A Double-Edged Sword; Allan Edward Barsky; Chapter 11: Who, Me? White?: The Process of Acknowledging and Challenging Racial Privilege; Helen G. Deines; Section 4-Stories of Socioeconomic Privilege and Classism Complexities; Chapter 12: Experiencing Class Oppression and Privilege in Work, Romance, Psychotherapy, and Education; Colleen Loomis; Chapter 13: A Place on the Ladder: Socioeconomic and Ability Privilege; Kathleen M. Davis; Section 5-Stories of Sexual Identities, Gender, Cisgender; Chapter 14: Fierce Dyke Caught Doing Husband's Laundry: Marriage-The New Frontier; Jessica Pettitt; Chapter 15: Head Ladies Center for Teacup Chain: Exploring Cisgender Privilege in a (Predominantly) Gay Male Context; N. Eugene Walls and Kelly Costello; Chapter 16: Becoming a Counseling Professional Lesbian: Revisiting Privilege and Challenges; Joy S. Whitman; Section 6-Stories of Ageism, Sexism, and Heterosexism; Chapter 17: The Ism We May All Face One Day; Jacqueline J. Peila-Shuster; Chapter 18: I Almost Quit My Career Today: The Experience of Isms at Work; Geri Miller; Chapter 19: How I Got My Wings: Growing Up Female in the 1950s; Carol L. Langer; Chapter 20: Increasing Awareness of Heterosexism and Homophobia: A Personal and Professional Journey; Allison L. Kramer; Chapter 21: Men Can't Be Raped: The Challenge of Sexism in Counseling; Heather Trepal; Section 7-Stories of Differently Abled and Ableism; Chapter 22: Diving Greatly: Reflections on Ableism; Jessica Lloyd-Hazlett; Chapter 23: Dirty Secrets, Unholy Unions, and Death Sentences: Disability-Based Oppression and Privilege; Paul E. Priester with Karla Ivankovich; Section 8-Stories of Gender, Race, and Identity Development; Chapter 24: Of Paper Plates and Poetic Things: A Black Lesbian Pedagogy on the Horizon; Kianna M. Middleton; Chapter 25: Ethnic Beauty in a Western Society: An Examination of Black Identity Development; Sametra Polkah-Toe with Valerie A. Middleton; Chapter 26: Skin Color: An Issue of Social Status and Privilege; Linda Robinson; Chapter 27: Racism by Way of Education: The Politics of Privilege and Oppression; Daryl H. Thorne; Section 9-Stories of Allies, Activists, and Personal Compassion; Chapter 28: Personal Compassion and Alliance Building: Interrupting Cycles of Discrimination and Relational Dehumanization; Matthew R. Mock; Chapter 29: Allies and Activists: Working With White, Male, Heterosexual, Cisgender, or Christian Privilege; Barbara Gormley; Chapter 30: Yes, I See You're Committed to the Cause . . . But Where's Your Credibility, and Why That Angst?; David MacPhee; Index


Sharon K. Anderson, PhD, MA, is a Professor within the School of Education at Colorado State University.; Valerie A. Middleton, PhD, MED, is a Professor in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado.