Elizabeth K. Gordon's Novel "Walk with Us" Book Review

Looks at the role of the main character Tahija, the mother of triplets, in Elizabeth K. Gordon's novel "Walk with Us".
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This paper examines how Elizabeth K. Gordon, in her novel "Walk with Us", features Tahija, a fifteen year old protagonist, who is the mother of triplets. The book revolves around Tahija's relationship with her community and the systems that play an integral role in supporting her life. Next, the author underscores the ways that Tahija's attitudes impact the development of her triplets. The paper demonstrates how the complexity of accepting different views of a single character enriches the understanding of the practice of professional social work.

Table of Contents:
Tahija's Role
Character's Role in Systems
Character's Cultural Impact on Parenting Practices
Character's Impact of Spiritual Beliefs on the Triplets
Character's Relationship to the Community
Relationship of Different Views to Social Work Practice

From the Paper:

"Tahija's religion was not the only aspect of her life that caused oppression; Tahija grew up in inner-city Philadelphia. Every individual has a relationship with the community in which they live, and Tahija had a difficult relationship with Philadelphia at times. The results of living in inner-city Philadelphia soon imprinted its mark on Tahija, when she began smoking and drinking every day by the sixth grade. That same year one of Tahija's friends, Eric, was shot and killed. During Tahija's pre-teen years her mother was addicted to drugs, so Tahija had to take care of her two younger siblings, and in the midst of that, Tahija was raped."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anti-oppressive and internationalist-based approaches. (2003). IUC Journal of Social Work Theory and Practice. 7(1-13). Retrieved on December 3, 2010 from the world wide web: www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/publications/social_work_journal/issue07/contents.
  • Calimag, Wendy, MSW. (2010). Book Review: Walk with us. The New Social Worker Online. Retrieved on November 30, 2010, from the world wide web: http://www.socialworker.com/home/Reviews/Book_Reviews/Book_Review%3A_Walk_With_Us/.
  • Dhami, Sangeeta, Aziz Sheikh. (2000). The Muslim family: predicament and promise. Western Journal of Medicine, 173(5); 352-356. Retrieved on December 3, 2010 from the world wide web: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1071164.html.
  • Dreisbach-Williams, Roger. (2006). Raising Quaker children in the modern world: a survey of changing religious practices in friends families. Quaker Life. Retrieved on December 3, 2010 from the world wide web: www.fum.org/QL/issues/0401/raising_Quaker_children.htm.
  • Gordon, E.K. (2007). Walk with us: Triplet boys, their teen parents and two white women who tagged along. Roselle, NJ: Crandall, Dostie & Douglass Books, Inc.

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Elizabeth K. Gordon's Novel "Walk with Us" (2011, March 02) Retrieved September 24, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/elizabeth-k-gordon-novel-walk-with-us-147209/

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