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What is Internalized Oppression

Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Higher Education Leadership
When members of an oppressed group accept or reaffirm negative stereotypes against their own group. Individuals with internalized oppression may hold an oppressive view against their own population.
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Women in Higher Education Leadership: Exploring the Intersections of Race and Gender
Lauren T. Gonyea (State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7056-1.ch004
Women face many challenges when it comes to leadership in higher education. The experiences of women in leadership are not monolithic, particularly in terms of race. This chapter seeks to illuminate the realities of five women of a variety of races/ethnicities who self-identify as leaders in higher education. Five cisgender women of varying races/ethnicities were interviewed to share specific challenges, issues, strategies, and solutions associated with being a woman in higher education leadership. Specifically, the races/ethnicities of the women who were interviewed include Native American, Black, Chinese, Korean, and White. This chapter will focus on their experiences through the intersectional lens of race and gender.
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Leading for Liberation: How Black and Brown Leaders Navigate Oppression
The results of a process by which members of an oppressed group come to believe and act as if the oppressors’ belief system, values, and way of life were correct. External oppression becomes internalized, resulting in shame, the disowning of people’s previous understandings of reality, and previously unseen levels of violence within communities. Internalized oppression means the oppressor does not have to exert as much pressure, because people now do it to themselves and each other.
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Speaking with Trunks, Dancing with the “Pink Elephants”: Troubling E-Racism, E-Classism, and E-Sexismin Teaching Multicultural Teacher Education
The un- or sub-consciously absorbed: 1) negative and/or inferior feelings, opinions, or beliefs about one’s own non-dominant social identity group(s), and/or, 2) positive and/or superior feelings, opinions, or beliefs about dominant social identity groups of which one is not a member; both sets of ideas emerge in reaction to prolonged exposure to manifestations of systemic discrimination—via overtly and covertly coercive mechanisms that operate in the political, economic, psychological, and physical spheres of society—and that are actively promoted by members of dominant social identity groups.
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