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By Siobhan Laird

Anti-Oppressive Social paintings: A advisor for constructing Cultural Competence aims to enhance social paintings education and perform by way of arguing thorough knowing of people's values, social norms, and kin preparations are an important to reaching culturally delicate perform. The ebook strikes past conventional conceptions of anti-oppressive and anti-racist perform via exploring the cultural heritages of a few of the most ethnic minorities dwelling within the uk, and by means of making a choice on the numerous types that racism can take.

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Qxd 38 12/20/2007 7:35 PM Page 38 Anti-Oppressive Social Work Un ive rsi ty o fD un de e relation and culture in the assessment of older people’ (Department of Health & Social Services Inspectorate, 1998: 8). It concluded that social work staff ‘required skills in antidiscriminatory practice and cultural sensitivity’ (1998: 8). , 2000). The anxiety of white social-work staff meant that in many areas of service provision they tended to withdraw from work with ethnic-minority service-users. Instead, they over-relied on black colleagues, who in turn resented the allocation of service-users on the basis of their ethnicity and the assumption of racialised experiences (O’Neale, 2000: 3; Goldstein, 2002: 771–2).

This ignores power imbalances between different ethnic groups and the degree to which ethnicity can be a coerced identity, forced on one social group by another. Jenkins (1997: 22–3) addresses this problem by referring to processes of group identification and social categorisation. Group identification is a process of self-ascription, meaning people elect to belong to a social group on the basis of shared roots, culture and interests. They experience a sense of belongingness to that social group and identify themselves as members of it.

At the same time minority cultures interact with that of the majority white population and influence what it means to be British. Hall (1992b) makes a case for dispensing with the idea of an ‘essential black subject’ who is defined by the oppression of white people and portrayed as having an identity dominated by the experience of racism. Hall (1992b: 254) asserts that there is an ‘extraordinary diversity of subjective positions, social experiences and cultural identities which compose the category “black”’.

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