Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
As a social worker, you will often work with clients that
are perceived as “others.” This “otherness” often leads to
marginalization and barriers or limitations promoted by society and
social institutions. Marginalization is arguably the most dangerous form
of oppression (Adams et al., 2013) because it eventually leads to
social expulsion and material deprivation. Social work is a unique
profession because it empowers those who are affected by the socially
constructed barriers and biases that have perpetuated long-standing
inequalities. As you begin your work with clients both as an intern and
social worker, it is imperative to consider not only the individual
(micro) concerns the client brings to the session but the environmental
or macro factors that may have either created or perpetuated the
concern. You can empower your clients by helping them identify and
define the oppression they experienced throughout their lifetime. Social
work’s commitment to social justice includes a hyperawareness of the
social constructions that are used to limit some groups’ autonomy and
viability while supporting others.
Write an analysis of the dimensions of oppression and marginalization that might impact your future clients. Be specific in identifying the types of clients with whom you might work and provide a specific example of a social injustice, economic injustice, and environmental injustice that clients might experience. In your analysis, explain how the concepts of multiculturalism, power, and privilege are relevant to social work practice.
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Adams, M., Blumenfeld, W. J., Castaneda, C.,
Catalano, D. C. J., DeJong, K., Hackman, H. W,… Zuniga, X. (Eds.).
(2018). Readings for diversity and social justice (4th ed.). New York,
NY: Routledge Press.
Chapter 3, The Social Construction of Difference (pp. 16-21)
Chapter 6, Theoretical Foundations of Social Work Education (pp. 34-49)
Chapter 7, Five Faces of Oppression (pp. 49-59)
Chapter 10, A Different Mirror (pp. 77-82)
Chapter 12, The Possessive Investment in Whiteness (pp. 87-96)
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