chapter  4
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Culture and Oppression: The "Other" as Graduate Student

As earlier chapters have demonstrated, graduate students enter the academy in a relatively powerless position. They have been exposed to grandiose institutional rhetoric that often persuades them to feel lucky to be admitted to their academic communities and allowed a place on the bottom rung of the graduate ladder. In general, they are likely to remain silent and to adapt themselves to university norms. Soon, they discover they must navigate both the institutional bureaucracy and the conflicts of various groups and cultures competing for dominance there and in the larger society. Moreover, graduate students suffer relative powerlessness in relation to bureaucrats and professors. To become a graduate student, then, means entering a potentially oppressive relationship, as suggested in Chapter Two.