Silence Speaks: The Language of Internalized Oppression and Privilege in Community-Based Research

  • Vivian Chavez San Francisco State University
Keywords: Higher Education, Community-Based Research, Oppression, Privilege


The complexity of language, internalized oppression, and privilege in communitybased research are explored in this paper. The need for theory and practice that acknowledges these issues is discussed. Specific challenges and lessons from research on the needs of Latina and South East Asian "newcomer" young women, ages 12-18, in San Francisco are identified. The article concludes with a new set of recommendations based on this experience.