"Harvard-educated psychologist and Bestselling author Dr. Melanie Joy presents a new, psychology and research based, theory for understanding power as a system that that harms dignity and violates integrity- and offers practical ways for readers to start transforming systems of oppression right away"--
A Harvard-educated psychologist and bestselling author identifies the belief system underlying all forms of oppression--which she calls powerarchy--and shows how this new understanding can lead to powerful social and personal transformation.
As a prominent vegan activist, Dr. Melanie Joy had long been puzzled that people would become aware of one or more forms of oppression only to stay mired in many others, never seeing the similarities. In this book she identifies, for the first time, the psychological dynamics underlying all oppressive systems, such as racism, sexism, speciesism, and more, which she terms powerarchy. Powerarchy is organized around the belief in a hierarchy of moral worth, which sees some individuals as more worthy of being treated with integrity than others. It reflects and reinforces power dynamics that harm dignity and create power imbalances among social groups and between individuals.
Joy says we've targeted the outward manifestations of oppression while leaving its core intact, like weeding a garden without pulling out the roots. She describes the three pillars of powerarchy--psychological defense mechanisms, narratives, and privileges--and shows how to apply this new frame to work more fully toward transformation for ourselves, others, and our world.
Melanie Joy, PhD, EdM, is a Harvard-educated psychologist, celebrated speaker, organizational consultant, and relationship coach. She is the author of the award-winning book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows- An Introduction to Carnism. Joy has given talks and trainings on six continents and in over forty countries, and her work has been featured in major media outlets around the world, including the BBC, NPR, ABC Australia, Spiegel, and the New York Times. She is the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award--previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela--for her work on global nonviolence, the Empty Cages Prize for her contribution to furthering the cause of animal rights, and the Peter Singer Prize for strategies to reduce the suffering of animals. In 2017, she was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. Joy is also the founding president of Beyond Carnism and the cofounder of ProVeg International.
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