The Legitimization Process

This describes the social process by which one group within a society holds on to belief systems that are handed down to them as ‘right and proper’ by those with power and influence. It is the process by which the masses can be persuaded to take on a style of life that serves the few at the top. In my book The Smile, women are legitimized into viewing themselves as inferior and thus subservient, to men. And in my book Habitat there is the notion that obedience to ‘the rules’ is necessary for the good of all. Naturally, the hero in it is a rebel.