Privilege, Power, and Difference

Privilege, Power, and Difference

By Allan G. Johnson

McGraw-Hill Companies, Paperback, 9780072874891, 184pp.

Publication Date: February 2005

This brief book is a groundbreaking tool for students and non-students alike to examine systems of privilege and difference in our society. Written in an accessible, conversational style, Johnson links theory with engaging examples in ways that enable readers to see the underlying nature and consequences of privilege and their connection to it. This extraordinarily successful book has been used across the country, both inside and outside the classroom, to shed light on issues of power and privilege.

Allan Johnson has worked on issues of social inequality since receiving his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He has more than thirty years of teaching experience and is a frequent speaker on college and university campuses. Johnson has earned a reputation for writing that is exceptionally clear and explanations of complex ideas that are accessible to a broad audience.

About the Author
Allan G. Johnson is a nationally recognized sociologist, nonfiction author, novelist, and public speaker best known for his work on issues of privilege and oppression, especially in relation to gender and race. He is the author of The Gender Know; Unraveling our Patriarchal Legacy, and The Forest and the Trees: Sociology as Life, Practice and Promise and Privilege, Power, and Difference. His work has been translated into several languages and excerpted in numerous anthologies. Visit him online at and follow his blog at