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Encouraging critical reflections on privilege in social work and the human services

Pease, Bob 2006, Encouraging critical reflections on privilege in social work and the human services, Practice reflexions, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 15-26.

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Title Encouraging critical reflections on privilege in social work and the human services
Author(s) Pease, Bob
Journal name Practice reflexions
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 15
End page 26
Publisher Australian Institute of Welfare and Community Workers
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1834-3635
Keyword(s) critical reflection
privilege
intersectionality
internalised dominanace
Summary Critical reflection is promoted by many progressive social work writers as a process for facilitating practitioners' capacity to reflect upon their complicity in dominant power relations. However. the critical social work literature tends to focus attention on those who are disadvantaged. oppressed and excluded. Those who are privileged in relation to gender. class. race and sexuality etc are often ignored. Given that the flipside of oppression and social exclusion is privilege. the lack of critical reflection on the privileged side of social  divisions allows members of dominant groups to reinforce their dominance. This article interrogates the concept of privilege and examines how it is internalised in the psyches of members of dominant groups. After exploring the potential to undo privilege from within. the article encourages social work educators to engage in critical reflections about privilege when teaching social work students about social injustice and oppression.
Language eng
Field of Research 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Practice reflexions
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003826

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