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.
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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.
Note: each chapter includes:
- Critical questions for discussion
- Further readings
1. Oppression: An Overview
Diversity, Difference, and Oppression
Social Work Approaches to Difference
The Nature of Oppression
Case Example 1.1 What Is Oppression?
Oppression as a Social Justice Issue
The Genealogy of Modern-Day Oppression and the Politics of Identity
The Dynamics of Oppression
Case Example 1.2 "I Have Never Been Oppressed"
Forms of Oppression
Case Example 1.3 Allies or Enemies?
Personal, Cultural, and Structural Levels of Oppression
2. Privilege: An Overview
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
3. Theoretical and Conceptual Considerations
Case Example 3.1 Personally Constructed Theory
Social Problems: The Great Paradox of the Helping Profession
Personal Experience 3.1 Parking Lots and Social Problems
Order and Conflict/Change Perspectives
Critical Social Theory
Critical Social Work Theory
Modernism and Postmodernism
Personal Experience 3.2 Not All Theories Are Created Equal - In Spite of What the Instructor Implies
Major Concepts Associated with Oppression/Anti-Oppression Framework
4. Oppression and Privilege at the Personal Level
Case Example 4.1 Patricia and Margaret and Their Car Troubles
Normalizing Gaze and Objectified Bodies
Acts of Oppression at the Personal Level
Case Example 4.2 The Iron Lady
Case Example 4.3 A Racialized Space
Case Example 4.4 Ungrateful or Unjust?
Case Example 4.5 Micro-Aggressions and Privileged Identities
Effects of Oppression on the Individual
Case Example 4.6 Mohammed and Jeff and Social Scripts
Personal Experience 4.1 My Shifting Identity
Surviving Oppression: Responses of Oppressed People at the Personal Level
Acts of Privilege at the Personal Level
Case Example 4.1 continued: Margaret's Privilege
5. Oppression and Privilege at the Cultural Level
Culture (The "Poor Cousin" in Social Work)
The Dominant Culture
Personal Experience 5.1 Media Bias against Social Protest
Critical Social Theories of Culture
Case Example 5.1 Simulated Family Life Today
Stereotypes as Cultural Expressions of Oppression
Case Example 5.2 An Inadequate Mother or Oppressive Expectations?
Personal Experience 5.2 An Unconscious Act of Oppression
Language and Discourse as Mechanisms of Oppression (and Anti-Oppression)
Social Work and Cultural Oppression
Case Example 5.3 Social Work Reproduces Gender and Racial 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
6. Oppression and Privilege at the Structural Level
Social Relations and Oppression
Personal Experience 6.1 Attending Multicultural Celebrations
The Politics of Difference
Economic Relations and Oppression
Political Relations and Oppression
Case Example 6.1 Two Societies
Effects of Structural Oppression
Social Determinants of Health
Privilege at the Structural Level
7. Internalized Oppression and Domination
Psychology of Oppression
Inferiority and Internalized Oppression
The Master-Slave Paradigm
Case Example 7.1 More than 35 Million Slaves
Personal Experience 7.1 "Life Would Be a Whole Lot Simpler"
Other Perspectives on Internalized Oppression
Case Example 7.2 "I Made It without Help. Why Can't They?"
Psychology of Liberation
Internalized Domination and Privilege
Personal Experience 7.2 From Social Leprosy to Social Respectability
Case Example 7.3 "Black Is Beautiful"
8. The "Web": The Multiplicity, Intersectionality, and Heterogeneity of Oppression and Privilege
Multiple Identities and the Persistence of Domination and Oppression
Case Example 8.1 Initial Impressions of an Intake Worker
Models of Multiple Oppressions
Case Example 8.2 "What Is It about Me?"
Heterogeneity within Oppressed Groups
Case Example 8.3 A Despicable Political Response
9. Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Privilege Social Work Practice at the Personal and Cultural Levels
Anti-Oppressive Practice at the Personal Level
Case Example 9.1 Gay Pride
Personal Experience 9.1 "Don't Take It Personally"
Personal Experience 9.2 "Okay, Take It Personally If You Want, but I'm Moving On!"
Anti-Oppressive Practice at the Cultural Level
Case Example 9.2 Ethics and Culture (Not All Cultural Practices Are Inherently Good)
Personal Experience 9.3 A Creative Method of Resistance
Case Example 9.3 Freeloaders
Case Example 9.4 Gandhi and a Very Good Idea
Challenging the Organization
Anti-Privilege Practice at the Personal and Cultural Levels: What Can We Do?
Case Example 9.5 Sam and His Intersectional Identities
Personal Experience 9.4 Using My Privilege to Advance the Cause
10. Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Privilege Social Work at the Structural Level with Principles for All Levels
Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Privilege Practice at the Structural Level
Personal Experience 10.1 Working within an Effective Alternative Organization
Personal Experience 10.2 Whose Ethics?
Selected Principles of Anti-Oppressive and Anti-Privilege Social Work Practice
Case Example 10.1 Critical Self-Reflection Needed Here!
The Constructive Use of Anger
"This text is critical to social work practice in Canada. . . . It provides a thorough theoretical foundation to understand oppression. The chapter on privilege is essential for social work students."
--Brigette Krieg, University of Regina
"I think this book is excellent. I really like Mullaly's directness re: the importance of theory and [...] criticisms of mainstream practice, the tables and [figures] are well-done, his outlining oppression at personal, cultural, and structural levels is useful, . . . and I like his exploration of privilege and how we harm others without conscious intent . . . I love Mullaly's work."
--Susan Hillock, Trent University
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