Dominant privilege

Dominant privilege

Dominant privilege is a concept in critical theory describing the unearned advantages enjoyed by members of the dominant culture. It includes three presumptions[1]:

  • Innocence: I am not looked to as the cause of problems in society.
  • Worthiness: I am presumed worthy of society's trust and wealth.
  • Competence: I am expected to be skillful, successful, and autonomous.

Examples of dominant privilege include White privilege, male privilege, and heterosexual privilege.


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