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Undoing privilege in social work: Implications for critical practices in the local and global context

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posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Bob PeaseBob Pease
This chapter argues that critical transnational social work must develop a set of principles to guide progressive theory and practice in the global context. Too much of international social work focuses on the cultural and ­technological differences between countries at the expense of understanding structural inequalities in wealth and power. It is a fundamental requirement for Western social workers who are interested in fostering transnational social work to interrogate their own Western privilege to resist the reproduction of Western professional imperialism in social work. The development of local and indigenous knowledges have been one form of resistance to the hegemony of Western social work. Western social workers need to acknowledge their historical role in ­supporting imperialism in various contexts. Social work is located in white-dominated institutions and racially unequal power relations that shape the theory and practice of the profession in fundamentally racialized ways.

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Chapter number

14

Pagination

216-227

ISBN-13

9781138644991

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2017, Bob Pease

Extent

15

Editor/Contributor(s)

Livholts M, Bryant L

Publisher

Routledge

Place of publication

Abingdon, Eng.

Title of book

Social work in a glocalised world