Advocacy and Risk: Race, Class, and the Outsider

Advocacy and Risk: Race, Class, and the Outsider

Ursula Thomas (Perimeter College, Georgia State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2906-4.ch007
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This case is centered on the term advocacy, the act of speaking on behalf of someone else. In this particular case, the author has chosen to highlight how an advocate is chosen based on perceived characteristics. The author has chosen to unpack the term positionality, which is defined as “The creation of the opposites by an arbitrary point of view”. However, it is the author's goal in this unpacking of positionality to surface chards of what a preservice teacher and professor perceive themselves to be to each other in terms of needs and wants.
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An advocate is someone who speaks on behalf of someone else. In some cases, advocates are simply passionate volunteers, while in other instances, they may have received explicit training, and they are paid by their clients, or by organizations. Working with an advocate can be very valuable for someone who is trying to navigate an experience, with which he or she is unfamiliar, and the advocate may be able to attain more rights and other forms of support than someone would be able to obtain alone. Elitism is the belief in concept of superiority: the belief that some people or things are inherently superior to others and deserve preeminence, preferential treatment, or higher rewards because of their superiority. It is also the belief in control by small group: the belief that government or control should be in the hands of a small group of privileged, wealthy, or intelligent people, or the active promotion of such a system. Finally, it is a notion of control by a small group: government or control by a small, specially qualified, or privileged group.

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