How Justice When Institutionalized Is A Condition That Allows Individuals And All Members Of A Society

965 Words Oct 31st, 2016 4 Pages
In Iris Young’s “Five Faces of Oppression” she discusses inequality, exclusion and oppression toward groups through the five faces; exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness cultural imperialism, and violence. Oppression means the practice of dominance by a ruling group. Oppression creates injustice in many instances throughout our society. It is the result of a groups choices or policies that create norms and habits in people’s day to day lives. Ultimately, oppression is when people make others feel less human. It is seen throughout history that many people are oppressed by others, which denies them education, religion, jobs, and other possibilities to be free. Young discusses the topic of justice in her essay and how justice when institutionalized is a condition that allows individuals and all members of a society to develop. Young believes oppression is a structural feature of society and people are agents of oppression by carrying out social norms. She sees that the only way to combat oppression is through educating people on the assumptions underlying the social norms. We are our own agents of oppression by behaving with societal norms. History of treatment towards certain groups embed oppressive actions. Powerlessness, one of the five faces of oppression is discusses throughout her essay and is seen throughout our society through religion, education, gender, and race inequality. The idea of powerlessness is that there are the “have” and have-not” groups. Powerless…

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