hegemony and counterhegemony
Hegemony is political or cultural dominance or authority over others. The hegemony of the popular kids over the other students means that they determine what is and is not cool.
Essential Questions: Who and/or what institutions of power and systems create, impose and maintain the dominant worldview in the United States? How did the social construction of race frame the relationship between white, black and other people of color? How have individuals, institutions of power, and systems sought to direct society to maintain the status quo? What are the tools of hegemony used in the United States and how do they empower or disempower groups within society?
Big Ideas: Hegemony is established, and maintained, through systems. Critical examination of the social construct of race can lead to exposing the underlying systems that created the concept of race and the practice of racism. Institutions of power can be the vehicle for hegemonic ideas. Hegemony works through systems of oppression and institutions of power and can shape and reinforce stereotypes. Oppressive outcomes for marginalized communities resulting from current institutions of power can be analyzed, critiqued, and challenged
Social Constructs are ideas that have been created and accepted by the people in a society.
Racism is a SYSTEM where one race has more power or privilege than any other race OR a system where one or more races are prevented from getting power or privilege.