Anti-Racist Social Work: A Challenge for White Practitioners by Lena Dominelli

By Lena Dominelli

In a completely up to date new version, Anti-Racist Social paintings explores the explanations why racism is still perpetuated in social paintings on either own and structural degrees. It identifies the 3 key types that racism assumes - own, institutional and cultural racism - and descriptions the complicated and dynamic techniques wherein those have interaction and make stronger one another. Drawing on case experiences, perform guidance and workouts, it proposes a number of ideas for college students and pros on the way to allow them to boost abilities in fighting racism of their daily perform.

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For black clients, this has led white social workers to downplay the specific circumstances and avenues through which racism holds black people back and deprives them of resources , power, justice and dignity. As one young Afro-Caribbean man I interviewed said: 1 got done with TWOC [stealing a motor car] a few years back and sent to Borstal for 6 months . About a year later, this fancy Porsche was nicked not far from here. The police came banging on my door, saying I'd done it. 1 hadn't. 1 had me own car then .

They flash at the drop of a hat. You've got to be ever so careful with them' . Social work's poor showing on racism indicates the intractability of the problems confronting anti-racist social workers and trainers. It also means that to attack racism, white social workers and educators must adopt political and theoretical perspectives which are more than just ethnically sensitive. They must produce theories of welfare which acknowledge social work's social control function, recognise its dual position within state structures - a controller of substantial resources and the upholder of a caring ideology - and promote anti-racist social work practice.

Abundant negative stereotypes of black people ensure that questions about their needs will not be raised . For example, not claiming help will continue to be interpreted as their not requiring services rather than as leading to an investigation of the relationship between white agencies and black clients; the nature and appropriateness of the services on offer; the methods of informing black people of their entitlements ; and social workers' attitudes towards their demands for help. Unless they examine these areas, white social workers will carry on believing that black people do not request social services because their community networks look after them.

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