The Nexus of Privilege & Context

2 min readNov 30, 2021


Simon Prades

Privilege is always contextual. Before building opinions, trying to fathom the privilege entertained by the entities involved and understanding the pre-set contexts are the first few steps of acknowledging nuances — the wide greys between poles of black and white.

Context allows us to have a rich, in-depth understanding of where the problem arises and why. It inserts a connection in an otherwise emptied space. Like placing an ocean between two giant cliffs — between the per se right and wrong, good and evil, this and that.

Privilege goes beyond and extends this knowledge. It positions an individual into these contexts like markers on a graph — taking their social, economic, political, and financial capacities into account. It supplements our information by providing a background of what a person may (or may not) have had to go through to reach the place they have, or they wish to.

When taken beyond their face values, setting privilege and context realises the world into a far more complex and nuanced subject, which it already is. It does not imply any new transformation, only our widened, conscious recognition of reality.

Thus, privilege and context can bestow only half-meanings without one another. Yet, often, we fail to examine them together, hollowing scopes for deeper comprehensions.