"Oppression: Race: Class: Culture: Gender: Sexual Orientation using the critic Kenneth Burke".
AS I first began to think about this topic the first thing that I had to do was to think about what this topic really meant to society. All of these things are events that are prevalent in the world today. The rapidly growing study of the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality are dominant in the United States.The Conceptual framework which was started by Kenneth Burke and adapted by many other aspiring writers such as Lynn Weber stated: " That it illustrates that race, gender, and sexuality are socially constructed, historically and globally specific power relations that are simultaneously expressed at the macro/institutional and the micro/individual levels". (# 1). Through this analysis it addresses the intersections of oppressive systems without rank ordering toward effective strategies to promote social justice. I feel that there is a strong purpose in analyzing race, class, and sexual dynamics in the United States today. To facilitate analysis one has to ask many questions in understanding race, class, gender, and Sexuality. There are five questions that should be asked: What are Contested concepts? What are the historical timeline of indicators of Oppression?, What is a case study?, What are the historically, geographically, globally, contextual, socially constructed power relations?, and What are the Macro Social Structure and Micro Social Psychological Levels? Who is Kenneth Burke, and what did he represent? Kenneth Burke born in 1897 and died in 1993 was a rhetorician whose criticism and theories had a major impact on many American writers and thinkers in the mid-twentieth century. A prominent intellectual in New York literary circles beginning in the 1920's, Burke was a poet, essayist, reviewer, novelist, translator, social commentator, and writer of short stories.