Anti-Racist Social Work: A Challenge for White Practitioners by Lena Dominelli

By Lena Dominelli

In a completely up-to-date new version, Anti-Racist Social paintings explores the explanations why racism remains to be perpetuated in social paintings on either own and structural degrees. It identifies the 3 key types that racism assumes - own, institutional and cultural racism - and descriptions the advanced and dynamic techniques through which those engage and toughen one another. Drawing on case reviews, perform directions and workouts, it proposes various suggestions for college kids and pros with the intention to allow them to increase abilities in struggling with racism of their daily perform.

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Nor does it justify tolerating dehumanising behaviour in any given situation. Social workers will still have to exercise their judgement over contentious issues and not use 'culture' as an excuse for not doing so. Not spotting child abuse in black families because they are perceived as disciplinarian is one example. By engaging with these issues, white social workers will acquire knowledge about themselves, their value systems and how they legitimate relations endorsing white supremacy. Moreover, white social workers have to grapple with the constraints imposed by their being state employees doling out scarce resources.

It is vital that white social work practitioners and educators create a theory of racism which contextualises social work within the state apparatus; understands the dynamics in both covert and overt forms of racism; recognises how racism is legitimated through social processes and institutions outside social work structures; and relates these to everyday routines in social work . This includes what they do and do not do to become effective participants in the project of removing racism from society.

Thus , social workers and probation officers often find themselves in the frustrating position of knowing what clients need but feeling hopelessly unable to help them achieve it. Therefore, they continue as before to be involved in 'papering over the cracks' and making 'poverty seem the client's fault' (Bailey and Brake, 1975). Additionally, social workers' position as professionals may undermine their capacity for empathy. They may be underpaid, but they do not have the same financial starting point as their clients.

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