Oppression In Biographies Of Hegemony By Karen Ho

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The world has always thrived on the unfair treatment of others. Oppression was and still is a very key aspect of developing cultures that creates an environment for the oppressed to be labeled as inferior which can cause them to believe they are worthless. Subjection to unjust treatment, known as oppression, comes in many different forms but all of these forms stem from the superiority complex of those in power. Overall these behaviors from the perpetrator may garner different responses from the victims. In today’s world power stems from many different aspects of life, such as social class,gender,race, and education. In “Biographies of Hegemony,” Karen ho illustrates the damaging effects of oppression while showing how students facing this …show more content…
Oppression comes into play when this aforementioned people in power become intemperate and assert their dominance over others. Anyone who has faced oppression may start to doubt themselves and feel as if they are not as worthy as their oppressors which can cause a conflict between their individuality and the wishes of those in power. In Biographies of Hegemony Karen Ho identifies this idea of a struggle between oneself and what is expected of oneself from those in power and labels it as a problem. In regards to Wall Street, the power that institution possesses creates an inner conflict with students that they may not even be aware of which causes them to conform to the stigmas placed upon them. “But the crux of the problem is that students hardly question or ponder what they might truly be passionate about, much less the contradictions of their own privilege.”(Ho 58) Similarly, Nafisi in “Selections from Reading Lolita in Tehran” provides us with a more explicit example of the struggle on how to react to the oppression placed upon them by using one of her students. In this quote society and family are stated as the ones in power over Sanaz and their behaviors not only have control over her physical appearance but also her outlook on life.“Sanaz, who pressured by family and society, vacillated between her desire for independence and her need for …show more content…
As a common reaction of oppression,sanctuary gives the oppressed a way to cope with treatment they receive from their oppressors and serves as a break from reality for them to express their true selves. In Karen Ho’s “Biographies of Hegemony,” the students are stripped of a sanctuary because they are constantly surrounded by the oppression. This deprivation of a safe space causes them to conform to the treatment they are unfairly subjected to and causes them to unknowingly participate in and contribute to the same oppression they face. . “Many students recognize the monopolistic hold that banking and consulting have on their future aspirations and that the very act of participating in recruiting precludes the questioning of ‘our place and privilege in the world’ because the desire to hold on to privilege is naturalized via recruiting (Suleiman 1998)”(Ho 58) While in Biographies of Hegemony the students do not have a sanctuary, in “Selections from Reading Lolita in Tehran” the girls avidly seek sanctuary and continue to visit said sanctuary in an attempt to escape the real world, and that is their way of fighting oppression and ultimately winning against their oppressors. “Our world in that living room...became our sanctuary, our self-contained universe, mocking the reality of

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