CONFRONTING OPPRESSION THROUGH AN INTERDISCIPLINARY UNDERSTANDING OF INDIVIDUAL AND COLLECTIVE FEAR( file size: 289k )
oppression, privilege, fear, interdisciplinary collaboration, reflexive awareness
Dr. Mike Gismondi
No one is free from the causes and effects of fear, oppression and privilege. By adopting an interdisciplinary approach to these global issues, we can effectively move away from emotional rationalization and disassociation and towards equity and connection. By conducting qualitative interdisciplinary research, this paper argues that oppression and inequity are enabled by fear and privilege at the individual and collective level, and, to effectively address oppression, fear must be understood. An interdisciplinary approach must be adopted to achieve a holistic understanding of fear and its complex causes and effects; we can effectively address oppression through this holistic understanding.