Estimating power and privilege

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There is no doubt about the fact that classification and identity consciousness can define our perceptions of others and ourselves. The scope of this paper is to examine the defining of identities as it relates to me and an acquaintance by listing personal characteristics and drawing some conclusions about why those particular attributes were important.


When I think about my friend, I find that I use the same criteria to classify him.
I think that the reason I do this is because it draws distinctions or highlights the differences between us and provides a framework for identifying both similarities and differences. He is a male, I am a female; there is a multitude of implied sociological, as well as biological, differences in that category. My family has lived in America for the last seven generations and his grandfather came to the United States from Mexico; the cultural identity distinctions are numerous, as is our reference grid for perceiving the world around us. I am single and he is married; this relationship status implies an enormous number of social factors that define us both in different ways. As for intelligence, we are both pursuing degrees in higher education; for this specific comparison, this is more of a distinction that highlights our similarities over our differences. Finally, I am here and he is in Los Angeles; which means that our daily lives look very different. These identity definitions are important for the purposes of understanding similarities and differences.
I think the benefits of privilege, and certainly the abuse of power, are often found within these categori ...
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