REFORM discusses the book: “Social Backwardness: An Introduction to the Psychology of the Oppressed Man.”
HIERARCHY IN MARGINALIZED SOCIETIES
The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development – REFORM, conducted a discussion about the book, “Social Backwardness: An Introduction to the Psychology of the Oppressed Man,” by Mustafa Hijazi. Numerous youth and community activists participated in the discussion within the “Access Beyond Barriers” project at the Palestinian Youth Club in al-Amari camp in Ramallah.
The meeting initiated with the discussion of the features of an oppressed person, in particular, and the society, in general. Here, what is meant by the oppressed is those who are marginalized and deprived from their rights. Emphasis was placed on the negative role of the individual who promotes social dependency and combats change by preserving and submitting to reality. Then, they conversed about the nature of the hierarchical relationship in marginalized societies that have a Muslim lifestyle. Thus, individuals become unconscious in the practice of their behaviors and violence and act superior without thinking or linking between the components of society.
PREVENTING SOCIAL BACKWARDNESS
Also, the participants discussed the importance of eliminating the gaps between the social classes through development and civil peace along with the creation of reflection spaces for youth. They discussed the significance of promoting education and fighting backwardness in developing societies.
At the end of the meeting, the attendees recommended the establishment of participatory spaces for young men and women on the one hand and between youth and policy makers on the other, the promotion of social values of a national identity, and awareness-raising meetings on human rights and freedom of expression.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This training comes as part of the “Access Beyond Barriers” project which aims to enhance the social participation of marginalized groups and develop public policies that are responsive to the needs of young people, especially women. The project also seeks to enhance cooperation between youth groups and CBOs in Area C and in Palestinian refugee camps, improve the internal procedures and practices of these associations to ensure good governance practices; thus, increasing social and cultural cohesion among the various components of the society, in the context of building an inclusive Palestinian identity.