Collective Responsibility for Oppression

Stahl, T. 3-Aug-2017 In : Social Theory and Practice. 43, 3, p. 473-501 29 p.

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Many contemporary forms of oppression are not primarily the result of formally organized collective action nor are they an unintended outcome of a combination of individual actions. This raises the question of collective responsibility. I argue that we can only determine who is responsible for oppression if we understand oppression as a matter of social practices that create obstacles for social change. This social practice view of oppression enables two insights: First, that there is an unproblematic sense in which groups can bear irreducible collective responsibility for oppression. Second, that there are derived forms of individual responsibility for members of dominant groups.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-501
Number of pages29
JournalSocial Theory and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 3-Aug-2017


  • OPPRESSION (Psychology), SOCIAL norms, SOCIAL injustice, RESPONSIBILITY, SEXISM, collective responsibility, oppression, social injustice, social norms, social practices

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