Triple oppression

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Triple oppression is a theory developed by black socialists in the United States, such as Claudia Jones.[1][2] The theory states that a connection exists between various types of oppression, specifically classism, racism, and sexism. It hypothesizes that you must strike concurrently at all three types of oppression to overcome the oppression.

For an example of triple oppression in practice, consider a factory that contains both men and women of various ethnic backgrounds. If the workers hold racist and sexist beliefs, triple oppression says they will fail to unite to obtain better working conditions, because they are hamstrung by these beliefs.

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  1. ^ "Claudia Jones — a legacy deferred". Workers World. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  2. ^ "Claudia Jones". BlackLife Magazine. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Davies, Carole Boyce. Claudia Jones: Beyond Containment (Ayebia Clarke Publishing Ltd), Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011.
  • Davies, Carole Boyce. Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones, Duke University Press Books, 2008.
  • Viehmann, Klaus. Three Into One: The Triple Oppression Of Racism, Sexism And Class, Paper Street, 2004.
  • All India Democratic Women's Association. The triple burden: Some issues of class and caste oppression of women (AIDWA publication series), B. Karat on behalf of AIDWA, 1999.

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