Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice

Social Justice Social Work, Third Edition

By Donna Baines  

This updated third edition of the immensely popular Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice introduces students to anti-oppressive social work, its historical and theoretical roots and the specific contexts of anti-oppressive social work practice. Key to this practice is the understanding that the problems faced by an individual are rooted in the inequalities and oppression of the socio-political structure of society rather than in personal characteristics or individual choices. Moreover, the contributors show that social justice and social change — working against racism, sexism and class oppression — can and must be a key component of social work practice.

Drawing on concrete examples from specific practice contexts, personal experience and case work, including child welfare, poverty, mental health, addictions and disability, the contributors demonstrate how to translate social justice theory into everyday practice.

This new edition adds chapters on working with refugee, immigrant and racialized families; children; older adults; cognitive behavioural therapy; and using social media as a tool for social change.

Buy this book. Make it required reading for every incoming social work student. The best resource I’ve ever found to help with the challenging task of radiating social justice theory into the heart of social work practice. Accessible, real, and encouraging, Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice shines the way forward for our entire profession.

— Elaine Spencer, Social Work Faculty, Red Deer College

A key resource for social work students, educators, researchers and practitioners.

— Susan Preston, School of Social Work, Ryerson University

The second edition of Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice, edited by Donna Baines, is an expansive and insightful book that articulates and interrogates, through the voices of sixteen of the best social worker educators today, the scope of contemporary social injustice concerns and the remedies to be found anti-oppression theory and practice. The collective works centre marginalized and silenced voices, and articulate the praxis of anti-oppression; that is, what we as social work students, practitioners, and educators must know to be anti-oppressive in theory and in practice in our work with multiple populations. The book is a pleasure to read and the highlighting of key terms throughout the book, especially, will be valuable for students at all levels. This collection is a joyous act of “epistemic disobedience” and is sure to become the seminal work in anti-oppression theory and practice.

— Raven Sinclair, School of Social Work, University of Regina

  • Social Work
  • ISBN: 9781552668795
  • $45.00
  • March 2017
  • 350 Pages
  • For sale worldwide

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Contents

  • Anti-Oppressive Practice: Roots, Theory and Tensions (Donna Baines)
  • NeoLiberalism, Inequality and Change (Donna Baines)
  • Anti-Oppressive Social Work in Child Protection (Gary Dumbrill)
  • Child Welfare and Policing Black Families (Gordon Pon, Doret Phillips, Jennifer Clarke and Idil Abdillahi)
  • Bridging the Practice-Activism Divide: Advocacy, Organizing and Social Movements (Donna Baines)
  • Indigenous Pathways to Anti-Oppressive Practice (Bonnie Freeman)
  • Welfare Rights and Anti-Oppressive Practice (Jeanne Fay and Donna Baines)
  • Disability Rights and Justice Activism (Samantha Wehbi)
  • Engaging in Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice (Irene Carter, Roy Hanes and Judy MacDonald)
  • Doing Anti-Oppressive Organizational Change (Lisa Barnoff)
  • Anti-Oppression Social Work With Older Adults (Wendy Hulko, Shari Brotman and Ilyan Ferrer)
  • Critical Clinical Practice and Feminist Narrative Therapy (Catrina Brown)
  • The Colonial Master’s Tools and Mental Health Services for “Newcomers/Immigrants” (Ameil Joseph)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Anti-Oppressive Practice (Laura O’Neill)
  • Unmapping Standardized Assessments (Kristin Smith)
  • To Radicalizing Social Work Practice and Education (Notisha Massaquoi)
  • Social Work Activism Within Neoliberalism (Meaghan Ross)
  • YouTube, Digital Stories and Critical Reflexivity (Tara LaRose)
  • A Vehicle for Anti-Oppressive Resistance (Donna Baines)
  • Doing Anti-Oppressive Social Work: The Importance of Resistance, History and Strategy (Akua Benjamin)
  • Index

Authors

  • Donna Baines

    McMaster University

    Donna Baines is Associate Professor of Social Work and Labour Studies at McMaster University. In 2006-07, she was Visiting Scholar, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

    Donna’s teaching interests include social movements and advocacy, social policy, globalization and restructuring and social justice. Her research interests focus on the impact of restructuring on work in the human services, particularly in the social services; race, class, and gender in everyday social service work; social services work and unions; caring labour; radical social work practice and theory including feminist social work; gendered and racialized impacts of restructuring work, particularly in the social services; anti-racist social work; post modern social work; women and social policy; and structural social work.

    Donna has published extensively, in a wide variety of areas, including restructuring, health and safety, bullying, the organization of work for social workers, and social service public policy. Her articles have appeared in Social Work, Journal of Health and Safety, Women and Work, Australian Social Work, Social Justice and Studies in Political Economy, among several other journals. Donna is also editor of Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice. Building Transformative, Politicized Social Work.

    Donna is also a board member of Ferncliff Daycare and After School Programme, as well as a member in Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, Progressive Economics Forum, Society for Socialist Studies, National Activist School Planning Project and Flying Flamingo Sisters.