Anti-Oppressive Social Work Theory and Practice by Lena Dominelli

By Lena Dominelli

This ebook, by means of one of many best theorists of social paintings, tackles an issue of an important significance to scholars and practitioners alike: how social employees can let their consumers to problem and go beyond the manifold oppressions that disempower them (whether via poverty, incapacity, psychological sickness, etc.). It strikes from a dialogue of social work's function and objectives to an exposition of thought and, from there, to the perform arenas of operating with members, in teams, inside corporations, and inside of a much wider social and political context.

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This is not an exhaustive list, and any number of these divisions can be present within a particular individual or group. Oppression, Social Divisions and Identity 45 Each one of these is configured around a binary division or dualism of inequality in which part of the dyad is characterised as superior and the other as inferior. For example, white is portrayed as superior to black in racist constructions of the ‘race’ dyad, women as inferior to men in a sexist gender dyad, heterosexuality as superior to homosexuality in a homophobic sexual orientation dyad and so on.

Although policymakers play an active role in setting these constraints upon women, women respond to them in a variety of ways, not all of which endorse politicians’ expectations of them. , 2000). They also draw upon the support and resources of other women to create their own living spaces and supplement state benefits. Networking has been a major method that women use to extend the resources at their disposal (Stack, 1975). Women also have more than the one role of being mothers. These other roles interact with their parenting activities and may contribute to their subverting the state’s intentions vis-à-vis their behaviour as mothers, particularly when ‘role conflict’ is experienced (Merton, 1957).

Although policymakers play an active role in setting these constraints upon women, women respond to them in a variety of ways, not all of which endorse politicians’ expectations of them. , 2000). They also draw upon the support and resources of other women to create their own living spaces and supplement state benefits. Networking has been a major method that women use to extend the resources at their disposal (Stack, 1975). Women also have more than the one role of being mothers. These other roles interact with their parenting activities and may contribute to their subverting the state’s intentions vis-à-vis their behaviour as mothers, particularly when ‘role conflict’ is experienced (Merton, 1957).

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