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Jay Pearson, Duke University

Bootstraps of Oppression: A Theoretical Framework of Structural Inequality in Policy Decision Making
When Mar 08, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

In this essay, I introduce and explicate a theoretical framework of systemic structural inequality in public policy decision-making. I also highlight a number of routes by which structural inequality, independent of individual choice and economic inequality, persists in determining identity group level differences in social well-being.  The central thesis of this essay proposes that structural inequality is founded upon sets of historically rooted normative values justifying notions of inherent identity (un)worthiness and subsequent social (un)deservedness. These initial perceptions justified and rationalized biased policy decision-making precipitating and informing social institutions reflecting historical supremacy/oppression translating into contemporary privilege/discrimination. These combined phenomena manifest as stratified social hierarchies of differential human valuation advancing and promoting the interests, perspectives and dignity of majority populations while simultaneously constraining and undermining those of minoritized populations.

About the Speaker

Jay Pearson

Jay Pearson is an assistant professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.  Hailing from rural North Carolina Pearson is a population health scientist with training in Health Behavior, Social Epidemiology and Health Demography. Dr. Pearson has lived and worked in a diverse range of communities and socio-cultural contexts both in the U.S. and abroad.  His research, teaching and advocacy interests address the historical role of public policy decision making in majority/minority identity construction, social stratification, structural and institutional social bias and the identity mediated population health effects associated with the lived experience, physical embodiment and biological embedding of these processes. 

Note:  Zoom Link for Registration.  Upon registration you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar.

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