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  1. The Metaphors of Privilege

    Privilege is often understood by way of metaphor. Like any tool, a given metaphor is apt for some tasks more so than others. Even so, “when you only have a hammer everything looks like a nail.” Hence, it’s worth considering the merits of metaphors related to privilege.

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  2. A Cultural History of Privilege

    The notion of privilege, an unearned advantage relative to and perhaps at the expense of others, first arose in the context of class and racism in America. In 1920, sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois observed how “the discovery of personal whiteness among the world’s peoples is a very …

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  3. Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

    Popular discussions often make use of terms and concepts divorced from their origins. When I investigate, I'm sometimes delighted to find trenchant essays whose value far exceeds the buzz words or phrases they spawned.

    I've recently been working on a piece about the geek style of thinking, meritocracy, and privilege …

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