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Anti-Oppressive Social Work

Anti-Oppressive Social Work
A Guide for Developing Cultural Competence

May 2008 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Anti-Oppressive Social Work: A Guide for Developing Cultural Competence aims to improve social work training and practice by arguing that a thorough understanding of people's values, social norms, and family arrangements are crucial to achieving culturally sensitive practice. The book moves beyond traditional conceptions of anti-oppressive and anti-racist practice by exploring the cultural heritages of some of the main ethnic minorities living in the United Kingdom, and by identifying the many forms that racism can take.

Key Features
  • Provides an introduction to the context and history of ethnic minorities living in Britain
  • Discusses the nature of racism
  • Includes individual chapters on: communities with roots in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Caribbean, and China
  • Offers a separate chapter on economic migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • Presents a range of practice examples which encourage students and practitioners to identify general principles which underpin cultural competence
Critical, yet accessible, the book opens up possibilities for more culturally aware and more effective social work practice. It is essential reading for all those training to become social workers as well as practitioners wishing to engage with fresh perspectives on anti-oppressive practice.
Racism and Ethnic Minorities
Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Practice
Cultural Competence in Social Work
Communities with Roots in India
Communities with Roots in Pakistan and Bangladesh
Communities with Roots in the Caribbean
Communities with Roots in China
Economic Migrants and Refugees
Developing Cultural Awareness

A useful text which will be on the reading list for 1st year students

Mr Stefan Brown
Department Of Social Work, Royal Holloway
May 19, 2015

The key text for AOP. Practical and useful.

Mr Ian Fletcher
School of Social Work, Queen's University Belfast
June 14, 2013

A non-threatening and approachable introduction to the concepts of minority ethnics and cultural competence. The clear guidance notes for the largest non-white minority groups in the UK is well formatted. Whilst the cautions around not reducing individuals to cultural stereotypes is appropriate and clear. The case studies at the end of each section are particularly good for helping the reader consider cultural competence as complex and individual. Although the rationale is clearly justified by the author for focusing on the minority groups most strongly represented within the 2001 census, it is the smaller groups and the minorities within minorities which should perhaps be receiving more attention within this book. Particularly, as these are the groups probably most at risk of marginalisation and at risk of not reciving appropriate attention in practice.

Mrs Judith Bell
Department of Social Work, Oxford Brookes University
August 11, 2011

Excellent text for Social Work Module on Values and Ethics.

Dr Kim Robinson
Tizard Centre, University of Kent
July 27, 2010

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Preface and Chapter 1

Siobhan Laird

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