THEORIZING NORMALIZATION AS HIDDEN PRIVILEGE
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This chapter provides a theoretical overview of some of the ways in which the process of
normalization functions as forms of hidden privilege. It outlines how privileged groups come to represent the
dominant norm whereby white, male, able-bodied, heterosexual, middle-class people in Western societies
come to embody what it means to be normal. It also explores strategies for challenging the normalization of
privilege by encouraging the development of responsibility not only for individual actions but also for the
social practices which create them.
Privilege, systematically conferred advantages, internalised dominance, classism, sexism, whiteliness,
heteronormativity, ableism, social practices, collective responsibility.
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