By Lena Dominelli
This ebook, by way of one of many top theorists of social paintings, tackles a subject matter of the most important significance to scholars and practitioners alike: how social staff can let their consumers to problem and go beyond the manifold oppressions that disempower them (whether via poverty, incapacity, psychological disease, etc.). It strikes from a dialogue of social work's objective and goals to an exposition of conception and, from there, to the perform arenas of operating with contributors, in teams, inside companies, and inside of a much wider social and political context.
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Their exclusion from the dominant social order means that they have to constantly establish their right to engage in discussions about their place in society rather than simply taking it for granted. It is in and through this interaction with others that identities are created, negotiated, recreated and renegotiated. Because identity formation is an interactive process, identity is fluid and changing, with those involved in these social relations emphasising different elements at different points in time.
What a professional can do, however, is to facilitate the negotiation of different contexts or provide an environment in which self-empowerment can flourish (Dominelli and Gollins, 1997). Placing the individual in his or her social context requires knowledge of the networks within which the person is located. , 1996). Understanding the interaction between all these levels enables practitioners to see the contingencies that shape clients’ lives and strengthen their capacities to relate to them in ways that recognise their ability to make decisions for themselves.
Their struggles for recognition have resulted in some recent gains. However, their successes have been placed within the dominant discourses, that is, asking for the same rights as those enjoyed by married heterosexual couples, and access to these resources has been conceded on the same grounds of assumed dependency as those accorded to spouses in heterosexual arrangements. Success in these terms is problematic. In projecting their demands within familialist arrangements, unmarried and same sex couples are lending heterosexual institutions a new lease of life and strengthening their legitimacy.
Anti-Oppressive Social Work Theory and Practice by Lena Dominelli