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Advancing Social Justice: Tools, Pedagogies, and Strategies to Transform Your Campus

ISBN: 978-1-118-38843-3
272 pages
August 2013, Jossey-Bass
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Praise for Advancing Social Justice

"An important book that challenges social justice educators to continually manifest our core values and intentions in our practice—to authentically engage others with humility and compassion knowing we have memberships in both privileged and marginalized groups and the dynamics of oppression we confront today may be ones we unconsciously participate in tomorrow."

—Kathy Obear, founding faculty, Social Justice Training Institute

"In a field where social justice and critical social theory are all too often absent from the discussion, this bold, fresh text offers critical insights and guidance to those grappling with the difficulties of truly engaging in democratic education. Ultimately it reminds us that social justice is not a convenient add-on to student learning. Rather, it is the essence of education."

— Nolan L. Cabrera, assistant professor, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Education Policy Studies & Practice, College of Education, University of Arizona

"With a bit of humility and a huge dose of reality, Davis and Harrison provide the reader with a chance to revisit, rethink, and regroup around the topic of social justice and social justice education. They make the topic more accessible for many to examine and explore without rushing to political correctness."

— Jill Ellen Carnaghi, associate vice chancellor for students, dean of campus life, Washington University in St. Louis

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Exhibits ix

Foreword xiii

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxvii

About the Authors xxxi

1. Uncovering Epistemology: Frameworks Supporting a Change Agenda 1

2. A Toolkit for Understanding a Social Justice Paradigm 19

3. From Wealthy White Landowners to Affirmative Action to Proposition 209 to Grutter v. Bollinger: A Short History of Social Justice and Injustice in Higher Education 51

4. Critical Pedagogy: The Foundation of Social Justice Educational Practice 83

5. Situating the Self: Barriers to and Strategies for Effective Social Justice Education 103

6. Media Literacy 129

7. Disrupting Organizational Practices to Empower People 151

8. Strategies for Reinvigorating Social Justice in Higher Education 171

References 199

Name Index 225

Subject Index 231

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Author Information

Tracy Davis is a professor in the Department of Educational and Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Illinois University, where he also coordinates the College Student Personnel Program. In 2011 he began serving as director of the newly established Center for the Study of Masculinities and Men's Development.

Laura M. Harrison is an assistant professor in the Counseling and Higher Education Department at Ohio University. She has served as associate dean of students, Women's Community Center director, resident fellow, and instructor in feminist studies at Stanford University.

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Press Release

August 20, 2013
Advancing Social Justice: Tools, Pedagogies, and Strategies to Transform Your Campus

This groundbreaking book offers educators a clear understanding of the concept of social justice and includes effective practices to help them promote social justice and address identity development on their campuses.


In the first half of ADVANCING SOCIAL JUSTICE: Tools, Pedagogies, and Strategies to Transform Your Campus (Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand; August 2013; $42; Cloth; ISBN: 978-1-118-38843-3), authors Davis and Harrison clarify the definition of social justice as an approach that examines and acknowledges the institutional and historical systems of power and privilege on individual identity and relationships. They provide important frameworks and foundational aspects of understanding social justice, and several chapters explore identity development using the critical lenses of history and context, concentrating on ways that oppression and privilege are manifest in the lived experiences of students.


In the second half of ADVANCING SOCIAL JUSTICE, Davis and Harrison supply educators with the conceptual tools and strategies needed to infuse a social justice approach into their work with students and within their institutions. They highlight important concepts to consider in designing and implementing effective social justice interventions and provide examples of effective social justice programs.


Written by recognized student affairs experts, ADVANCING SOCIAL JUSTICE speaks to the entire higher education community about what they can do individually and collectively to ensure an authentic and transformative approach to social justice.

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