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Introducing the Contexts and Settings of Youth’s Critical Consciousness Development

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 May 2023

Erin B. Godfrey
New York University
Luke J. Rapa
Clemson University, South Carolina
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Structural oppression and systemic inequity are interwoven into the fabric of American society. One need only reflect on the past decade to see the continued pernicious influence of racism, sexism, classism, ableism, nativism, heterosexism, transphobia, and multiple other forms of marginalization on the rights, freedoms, and humanity of large segments of our society. We live in a system of white supremacy and patriarchy that patterns not only our history but our current society, institutions, interactions, and beliefs about each other and ourselves (Bonilla-Silva, 2006). To be Black, Brown, Indigenous, immigrant, differently-abled, gay, gender-expansive, female-identified – among many other identities – means being subjected to systems and structures that, at best, limit access to the resources and privileges others take for granted and, at worst, take away fundamental rights to life, liberty, and choice. To be white, straight, able-bodied, male-identified, and more (e.g., Christian Protestant) means wielding privilege one may or may not know one has, but that contributes to the maintenance of these inequities.

Developing Critical Consciousness in Youth
Contexts and Settings
, pp. 1 - 14
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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