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Social Dominance: An Intergroup Theory of Social Hierarchy and Oppression
This book suggests that the major forms in intergroup conflict, such as racism, classism and patriarchy, are essentially derived from the human predisposition to form and maintain hierarchical and group-based systems of social organization. Using social dominance theory, it is presumed that it is also a basic grammar of social power shared by all societies in common. We us ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 12th 2001 by Cambridge University Press
(first published July 28th 1999)
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Definitely a book I will chewing over for some time, which alone is enough to recommend it to anyone interested in group inequality. The biggest flaw is the authors' reliance on questionable evolutionary theories of gender-based differences in social dominance orientation to support their otherwise well-supported and more-deserving-of-attention subordinate male target hypothesis. Thankfully for them, I think they're mistaken about the extent to which their theory relies on work in evolutionary p ...more
for my purposes of understanding social inequalities, this book is glaringly incomplete given it tries to be a general theory. A historical analyses is missing, it pays lip service to Marx(ism) without actually engaging with class based analyses seriously, misses the mark on understanding gender based violence by paying too much attention to evolutionary theory.