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Social Sciences problem: Privilege

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Literature Review: Privilege problem for Social Sciences

This “Ten Problems for Social Sciences in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students’ theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. interculturalism,
  2. introspection,
  3. truth,
  4. authenticity,
  5. human enhancement,
  6. critical thinking,
  7. technocracy,
  8. privilege,
  9. ethics,
  10. higher education.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.


8 Privilege

THE PROBLEM — Actions are often constrained by a lack of motivation, and years of being shaped to ignore the privilege. On the contrary, social inclusion is at the heart of sustainable development. Digital inequalities and social inequalities are also rendering certain subgroups significantly more vulnerable.

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CONCLUSIONS — Volunteers in refugee centers are unsuccessful in resisting the current structures of privilege as they experience them, despite an awareness on issues of privilege and inequality. Innovation in the ideation, development, and implementation of solutions is necessary to improve social inclusion by systematically addressing the barriers that disenfranchise individuals and communities. Protest participation continues to be stratified by traditional markers of social privilege including education and gender. Whiteness can be defined as socialization practices and institutional structures that keep white people in power and privilege a white perspective. The marginalization of different gender identities is systemic, affecting people at both the individual level and society. Current Social Studies and Sociology reproduce multiple modes of oppression, through the construction of heteronormativity, colorblind racist and overt racist ideology, and the practice of exclusion. Vulnerable populations bearing disproportionate risks include the social isolated, older adults, penal system subjects, digitally disadvantaged students, gig workers, and last-mile workers. Descartes’ reasons for committing to individualism raise important issues for social epistemology. Outdoor recreation is the primary interaction many people have with the environment and it is an interaction that greatly contributes to human well-being. w the penetration of foreign music into China has allowed it to become a form of cultural capital, high-status cultural knowledge and dispositions that can be leveraged for social distinction.

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