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Anti-Oppressive Practice in Social Work
A review of the model of anti-oppressive practice within social work.
# 153125 | 890 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 03, 2013 in Sociology (Social Work) , Sociology (Theory)

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The paper explores the model of anti-oppressive practice within the areas of social work and explains that oppressive circumstances, procedures, and practices exist at individual, cultural, and structural levels, and oppressive relations are about restraining the range of choices that subordinated people and groups can implement. The paper discusses anti-oppressive social work and points out that while there has been a lot of discussion on the nature, dynamics, forms, functions and causes of oppression, there is no leading theory of oppression or dominant approach to anti oppression. The paper notes, however, three broad advances that are utilized to deal with this oppression; aiding oppressed people to deal with their oppression, trying to adjust or restructure the system so that oppressed people can better fit into it, and contributing to a full alteration of society. The paper concludes with this author's perspective on anti-oppressive practice in social work.

From the Paper:

"Oppression entails associations of domination that split people into leading or superior groups and secondary or inferior ones. These associations of domination entail the methodical diminishing of the characteristics and offerings of those thought to be inferior and their barring from the social assets accessible to those in the dominant group who seek to refute agency in those who they deem inferior. In addition, the ruling group describes the lesser situation of those at the bottom of the social pile as one of a submissiveness that has little capacity for change. They draw on instruments of normalization that endorse dominant values and precedences to inflict a range of social control groups intended at restraining the actions of subordinate groups within the grounds that the dominate group delegates as lawful. Therefore, oppressive relations are about restraining the range of choices that subordinated people and groups can eagerly implement. As these relations are carried out as connections between people, how these prospects are comprehended in practice can differ significantly from those posited. Those in oppressed groups do not connect in social relations exclusively on the stipulations set by those in dominant situations."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barnoff, Lisa and Coleman, Brienne. (2007). Strategies for Integrating Anti-Oppressive Principles: Perspectives from Feminist Agencies. In Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice. Building Transformative Politicized Social Work. 31-49. Donna Baines (ed). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing
  • Dominell, Lena. (2003). Introducing Anti-Oppressive Theories for Practice. Anti- Oppressive Social Work Theory and Practice. 7-36. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Mullaly, Bob. (2002). Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations. Challenging Oppression and Confronting Privilege. 1-26. Kettering: Oxford University Press.
  • Mullaly, Bob. (2002). Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice at the Personal and Cultural Levels. Challenging Oppression and Confronting Privilege. 170-192. Kettering: Oxford University Press.

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