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Challenging Oppression and Confronting Privilege

A Critical Approach to Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Privilege Theory and Practice

Third Edition

Bob Mullaly and Juliana West

Publication Date - January 2018

ISBN: 9780199022328

432 pages
Paperback

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $94.99

Description

Challenging Oppression and Confronting Privilege is the definitive guide to anti-oppressive and anti-privilege social work, which is a prominent part of social work theory and practice today. Bob Mullaly and Juliana West examine the many forms that oppression and privilege can take at the personal, cultural, and structural levels. They outline the necessary practices and approaches that social work must adopt to fight against oppression and privilege, and to assist those who have been oppressed.

This much-anticipated new edition has been fully updated and revised to include a thorough discussion of privilege. The authors explore the practical implications of anti-oppression and anti-privilege - and share their own encounters with these concepts - in Case Example and Personal Experience boxes. Discussion questions encourage students to look at issues through a critical lens.

Features

  • Updated and revised. Challenging Oppression and Confronting Privilege has been thoroughly updated and revised to reflect the most current research and thinking about anti-oppressive and anti-privilege practice for today's social work students.
  • Enhanced coverage of confronting privilege. Students are encouraged to constantly consider their privilege with the expanded chapter on confronting privilege (Chapter 2), as well as new discussion of privilege woven throughout the text.
  • New box program. Boxed features containing important vignettes for students have been updated and differentiated as "Case Example" and "Personal Experience" boxes.
  • Encourages critical thought. Discussion questions draw attention to key concepts and encourage students to look at issues through a critical lens.

About the Author(s)

Bob Mullaly is emeritus professor in the Faculty of Social Work at University of Manitoba. Previously, he taught in the Department of Social Work at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, and in the social work program that he founded at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is also the author of The New Structural Social Work (OUP Canada, 2007).
Juliana West is assistant professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University. Her work has appeared in publications from the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives and the FORUM on Corrections Research. She is a three-time recipient of the University of Manitoba Teaching Services' Teaching Excellence Award (2008, 2011, 2012). Prior to completing her Ph.D, she acted as a policy advisor for both Alberta Mental Health and Correctional Services Canada, and is the former director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary.

Table of Contents

    Contents
    Boxes
    Acknowledgements
    Preface
    1. Oppression: An Overview
    Introduction
    Diversity, Difference, and Oppression
    Social Work Approaches to Difference
    The Nature of Oppression
    Oppression as a Social Justice Issue
    The Genealogy of Modern-Day Oppression and the Politics of Identity
    The Dynamics of Oppression
    Forms of Oppression
    Personal, Cultural, and Structural Levels of Oppression
    Conclusion
    Critical Questions for Discussion
    Further Readings
    2. Privilege: An Overview
    Introduction
    The Nature of Privilege
    Dynamics of Privilege
    Personal, Cultural, and Structural Levels of Privilege
    Why Dominant Groups Do Not See Privilege as a Problem
    A Taxonomy of Everyday Examples of Unearned Privilege
    Social Work and Privilege
    Pedagogy of Privilege
    Conclusion
    Critical Questions for Discussion
    Further Readings
    3. Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations
    Introduction
    Social Problems: The Great Paradox of the Helping Profession
    Order and Conflict/Change Perspectives
    Critical Social Theory
    Critical Social Work Theory
    Modernism and Postmodernism
    Major Concepts Associated with Oppression/Anti-Oppression Framework
    Conclusion
    Critical Questions for Discussion
    Further Readings
    4. Oppression and Privilege at the Personal Level
    Introduction
    Normalizing Gaze and Objectified Bodies
    Acts of Oppression at the Personal Level
    Effects of Oppression on the Individual
    Surviving Oppression: Responses of Oppressed People at the Personal Level
    Acts of Privilege at the Personal Level
    Conclusion
    Critical Questions for Discussion
    Further Readings
    5. Oppression and Privilege at the Cultural Level
    Introduction
    Culture (the "Poor Cousin" in Social Work)
    The Dominant Culture
    Popular/Mass Culture
    Critical Social Theories of Culture
    Stereotypes as Cultural Expressions of Oppression
    Language and Discourse as Mechanisms of Oppression (and Anti-Oppression)
    Social Work and Cultural Oppression
    Privilege at the Cultural Level
    Whiteness and Privilege
    Privilege as a Category of Analysis, Model of Lived Experience, and Cultural Narrative
    Social Work and Privilege at the Cultural Level
    Conclusion
    Critical Questions for Discussion
    Further Readings
    6. Oppression and Privilege at the Structural Level
    Introduction
    Social Relations and Oppression
    The Politics of Difference
    Economic Relations and Oppression
    Political Relations and Oppression
    Effects of Structural Oppression
    Social Determinants of Health
    Privilege at the Structural Level
    Conclusion
    Critical Questions for Discussion
    Further Readings
    7. Internalized Oppression and Domination
    Introduction
    Psychology of Oppression
    Inferiority and Internalized Oppression
    The Master-Slave Paradigm
    False Consciousness
    Other Perspectives on Internalized Oppression
    Psychology of Liberation
    Internalized Domination and Privilege
    Conclusion
    Critical Questions for Discussion
    Further Readings
    8. The "Web": The Multiplicity, Intersectionality, and Heterogeneity of Oppression and Privilege
    Introduction
    Multiple Identities and the Persistence of Domination and Oppression
    Models of Multiple Oppressions
    Intersectional Analysis
    Heterogeneity within Oppressed Groups
    Conclusion
    Critical Questions for Discussion
    Further Readings
    9. Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Privilege Social Work Practice at the Personal and Cultural Levels
    Introduction
    Anti-Oppressive Practice at the Personal Level
    Anti-Oppressive Practice at the Cultural Level
    Challenging the Organization
    Anti-Privilege Practice at the Personal and Cultural Levels: What Can We Do?
    Conclusion
    Critical Questions for Discussion
    Further Readings
    10. Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Privilege Social Work at the Structural Level with Selected Principles for All Levels
    Introduction
    Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Privilege Practice at the Structural Level
    Selected Principles of Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Privilege Social Work Practice
    The Constructive Use of Anger
    Conclusion
    Critical Questions for Discussion
    Further Readings
    Notes
    References
    Index

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