Essay on David G. Gil 's Theory Of Social Policy

2329 Words Apr 13th, 2016 null Page
David G. Gil, a Professor Emeritus of Social Policy at Brandeis University, theorizes that throughout history people have been motivated to evolve, maintain and modify their lifestyles in order to fulfill their basic needs. In order for this to happen, Gil explains that there are six needs that need to be fulfilled. These six needs include, biological materials, social-psychological, productive creative, security, self-actualization and spiritual needs (27). When any of these necessities are denied, structural violence ensues upon those effected. During the Antebellum period, from the years 1789 to 1861, blacks were enslaved and felt the repercussions of not having access to their basic human needs. Slaves were living in an environment that lacked trust, stability, meaningful social relations, security and “coherence to one’s existence in relation to people, nature and the world” (27). Across America’s South, slaves would pursue small revolts against the status quo, which included fires and calculated attacks against white Americans. There are specifically three insurrections that, no matter their degree of success, sent a message of fear to slave owners across the country: Vesey’s conspiracy, Gabriel’s conspiracy and Nat Turner’s rebellion. In all three instances, slaves were driven to revolt against the structural violence that had been imposed on them. Each revolt was inspired by one man’s ability to see a different life for black slaves. As Gil explains, these…

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