A dynamic exploration of advancing multicultural competence

Offering a fresh theoretical perspective and packed with powerful strategies, New Horizons in Multicultural Counseling clarifies the complexity of culture in our increasingly globalized society. Counselors will find practice-based strategies to help them progress in their clinical practice and gain cultural competence.

Key Features and Benefits

Presents a social constructionism perspective – a progressive perspective that has emerged within a postmodern paradigm; Addresses difficult contemporary human problems with sophisticated and robust conceptual tools, providing readers with a new language to discuss complex counseling and communication problems across cultures; Offers innovative ideas and solutions to address common culturally challenges such as racism, personal suffering and stuck situations; Inspires creativity and undermines judgment, blame, and shame by reconceptualizing theories of culture, giving readers a better handle on the complexity of lived experience

Intended Audience

A core text for Multicultural Counseling, this book is also an ideal supplement to more general upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, counseling, and social work. Practitioners will also find the unique perspective and practice-based tools invaluable.

Power and Privilege: Part Two: A Structural View of Power

Power and privilege: Part two: A structural view of power

Whereas a personal account of power relations focuses on the individual, as we saw in the last chapter, a structural analysis constructs the individual as a product of her position in a social structure. Individuals are less than completely free because their choices are, to some extent at least, determined for them by social structures, or by “the system.” It therefore becomes more important to analyze the structures that shape and determine us and to set about working out how to change them. A structural analysis helps explain how some people seem to have unearned privilege and enjoy the right to have others do their bidding, ...

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