Social Justice Research

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 7–41 | Cite as

A Framework for Thinking About Oppression and Its Change

  • Morton DeutschEmail author


This paper provides a framework for thinking about oppression and how to overcome it. It considers the value premise underlying the use of the term “oppression.” It then discusses the nature of oppression, the forms it takes, and what keeps it in place. In its final two sections, it focuses on awakening the sense of injustice and the strategies and tactics for overcoming injustice.

Key Words

oppression change conflict power terror indoctrination ideology the oppressor–oppressed relationship persuasion violence non-violence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew York

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