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Said, Edward. “Orientalism.” In Social Theory Re-Wired, edited by Wesley Longhofer and Daniel Winchester, 372-386. New York: Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, 2012. (15)

Similar to the social injustices in societal norms as discussed in Du Bois and de Beauvior’s pieces, Edward Said confront s Westernized form of oppression and domination in his piece “Orientalism.” Because of the Western idea of using Orientalism as a means for “dominating, restructuring, and having authority over the Orient”, it a progression for the Western mentality to have that idea travel through to domination and oppression of those who have ties to the Orient as well66. This formation of domination of cultural groups is not scarce when it comes to Western civilization and history, and it is not something which has fallen by the wayside globally. Said’s argument is legitimate and accurate, guiding the reader through the realms of Orientalism which exist in the social, academic and realistic world, but this explanation of Orientalism as a means for domination seems to be the best fit in an American cultural climate which exists in conflict with so many different groups.






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