This book is a quick and accessible reference guide to the key concepts that social work students and professionals need to understand to be effective. The authors place practice at the center of the text, and include a host of case examples to bring the concepts to life.
Examining the essential topics of the social work curriculum, the concepts covered relate to practice, theory, policy and personal challenges. Further reading is included in each entry, so that the reader can explore what they have learned in more detail.
This book will be an invaluable resource for social work students during their studies and on their practice placement. It will also be useful for qualified social workers, who want to continue their professional education.
Chapter 4: Anti-Oppressive Practice
Oppression involves the inhuman or degrading treatment of individuals or groups. Injustice and hardship are brought about by the dominance of one group over another utilising the negative and demeaning exercise of power. It arises out of unfair discrimination based on notions that the dominant group is the ‘norm’ and that their characteristics are valued highly. Any individuals or groups who do not share the same characteristics as the dominant group have a corresponding lack of value. Central to this is the concept of an ‘ideal’ human being. People who share the same characteristics as those in the dominant group enjoy the privileges that come from this, as the dominant group have the power to exercise control.
Clifford (1995) suggests that the term ‘anti-oppressive ...