Those who benefit from privilege often fail to understand the inner workings of their privilege. If they do, they can respond in various ways: abuse their privilege, continue to ignore it, become more self-reflexive with their actions, and more. This essay engages my (in)ability to use a standpoint of privilege in challenging everyday acts of oppression. I offer a dominant group methodology that uses dominant group theory as a heuristic to practice critical self-reflexivity through autoethnography. I follow by providing autoethnographic accounts of moments when I complicitly reinforced or attempted to impede communicative behavior(s) that perpetuated prejudice and discrimination. I conclude with practical implications for readers—especially those who identify as dominant group members. More specifically, I invite readers to unlearn oppressive ways of being toward the continual development and enactment of a social justice orientation.
Challenging the Hegemonic Police Within: A Lifelong Process of Unlearning
Robert J. Razzante is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Western Washington University. Correspondence to: Robert J. Razzante, Western Washington University, Department of Communication, Communications Facility, 295, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Robert J. Razzante; Challenging the Hegemonic Police Within: A Lifelong Process of Unlearning. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2021; 10 (4): 54–76. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2021.10.4.54
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