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SLWK 311: Social Work and Oppressed Groups

General terms

  • ingroup
  • labeling
  • privilege
  • marginal*           
  • master status
  • microaggression
  • oppress*
  • outgroup
  • power*
  • scapegoat*
  • social bias
  • stereotyp*
  • stigma
  • prejudice            
  • xenophobia                

Terms related to difference

Searching with the term "difference" isn't always the best approach.  Using a combination of terms like these will lead you to articles in which differences are expressed, addressed, analyzed, and made visible - differences that matter (race, class, gender, disability status, etc) and how they matter - how they affect specific outcomes and life-chances, etc. Also try an asterisk on the root of words with multiple endings.

Try a variety of approaches
  • labeling AND difference
  • marginal* AND difference
  • power AND difference
  • power OR privilege
  • master status 
  • oppress*
  • prejudice OR bias OR discrimination
  • scapegoat*
  • stereotyp*
  • stigma*
  • xenophobia

Choosing relevant search terms

Age

age discrimination    

ageism        

elderly     

elderspeak   

senior citizens     

Sex and Gender

gender dichotomy

gender discrimination

gender inequality  

sex discrimination     

sexism   

Disability

ableism    

disabled     

development impair*      

visually impair*  

hearing impair*

Sexual/Gender Orientation

bisexual    gay   homosexual 

cisgender

gender dysphoria

gender expression

heterosexism    homophobia   heteronormative 

lesbian   lgbt   lgbtq   

sexual minorit* 

sexual orientation

transgender*

Race/ ethnicity

racism   

race discrimination      

race relations    

ethnic identity     ethnic minority

african american*    black*    

hispanic    latino   latina  

native american   indigenous 

majority minority relations

Socio-economic

classism    poverty   social class   socioeconomic disadvantage   

socioeconomic disparities    

socioeconomic inequality  

socioeconomic position

status differences   

occupational status  

occupational prestige

Religion

religious discrimination    

religious minorities 

religious persecution    

islam*  muslim

jew*   judaism   anti-semitism   

atheis*