By Lena Dominelli
This publication, by means of one of many prime theorists of social paintings, tackles a topic of the most important value to scholars and practitioners alike: how social employees can allow their consumers to problem and go beyond the manifold oppressions that disempower them (whether via poverty, incapacity, psychological disorder, etc.). It strikes from a dialogue of social work's goal and goals to an exposition of conception and, from there, to the perform arenas of operating with contributors, in teams, inside of agencies, and inside a much broader social and political context.
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In their schema, practitioners are expected to serve client-defined needs, not dictate to them what should be done. However, in taking a client-centred approach, the practitioner has to prepare him or herself for potential tension between what the user may want to do and what the practitioner can or is permitted to do by the constraints within which they operate. In other words, social workers cannot act or lead clients to believe that they can intervene without being held accountable by their employers, the legislative framework within which they operate and the broader society that authorises their interventions.
These differences can emanate from a number of sources including the physical, psychological and sociological terrains. However, identity differentiation picks up on these differences to distinguish one person or group from the others in an evaluative sense which usually sets one in a binary opposition to another. This allows one trait to be identified as superior or more desirable than another. Thus, differences become politicised by being used to differentiate between people on the basis of a superior–inferior polarity, creating borderlands that can be policed by those on both sides of the binary divide that is established between them.
It considers two aspects of identity as central to understanding how to deal with peoples’ abilities to interact with others in egalitarian terms. These are: people’s sense of themselves, that is, who they think they are; and what others think of them, or who others think they are. In challenging established ‘truths’ about identity, anti-oppressive practice seeks to subvert the stability of universalised biological representations of social divisions to both validate diversity and enhance solidarity based on celebrating difference amongst peoples.
Anti-Oppressive Social Work Theory and Practice by Lena Dominelli