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The offense, committed by a public official, of wrongfully inflicting injury, such as bodily harm or imprisonment, upon another individual under color of office.

Oppression, which is a misdemeanor, is committed through any act of cruelty, severity, unlawful exaction, or excessive use of authority.


noun abuse, abusiveness, brutality, brute force, coercion, compulsion, cruelty, despotism, domination, enslavement, force, harassment, ill treatment, inhumanity, iniuria, injustice, iron rule, liberticide, maltreatment, misrule, mistreatment, misuse of power, persecution, reign of terror, repression, rule of might, ruthlessness, severity, subjection, subjugation, suppression, torment, totalitarianism, tyranny, victimization
See also: adversity, burden, coercion, compulsion, cruelty, encumbrance, extortion, force, grievance, ground, incumbrance, infliction, injustice, molestation, pressure, servitude, thrall, weight
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Imagine how perfect that is for maintaining oppressions.
Furthermore, if Collins is correct, then it is likely that people who become critical educators will become aware of the oppressions that most directly affect them more readily than they become aware of oppressive relations that less directly affect them.
The authors observed that many students who underwent this sensitization process emerged with a clearer understanding of the structural and interconnected nature of oppressions and an enhanced willingness to build alliances to create constructive social change for oppressed clients.
Political sociology; oppression, resistance, and the state.
According to Reynolds and Pope (1991), persons experience multiple oppressions when they are members of two or more oppressed groups.
To us, revolutionary polyamory means purging the seeds of oppression that try to corner us into ownership, control of our bodies and illusions of security through something outside of one's self.
It becomes evident, for example, that Jones's understanding of his socioeconomic oppression is linked to his frustration at not being able fully to sexually dominate black and white women.
The concept of "intersectionality" of oppressions here represents the location where the strands of oppression intersect to form the specific experiences of injustice.
In this groundbreaking tex t, Cone defined the compatibility of the Seemingly incongruous concepts of Black Power and Christianity, drawing from histories by oppressed people in the United States, and divorcing the concept of Christian love from any form of submission to oppression.
While silence, in some instances, is transformed into a liberatory voice and, in others, masks a history of colonization, silence also takes the form of stubborn resistan ce to exploitation and oppression.
Young (1990) states, "with these criteria one can plausibly claim that one group is more oppressed than another without reducing all oppressions to a single scale" (p.
Hughes demonstrates that the oppressions of Black women and men are linked because of race, but are manifested in genderspecific ways.