By Lena Dominelli
This publication, by means of one of many top theorists of social paintings, tackles a subject matter of an important significance to scholars and practitioners alike: how social employees can let their consumers to problem and go beyond the manifold oppressions that disempower them (whether via poverty, incapacity, psychological ailment, etc.). It strikes from a dialogue of social work's objective and targets to an exposition of conception and, from there, to the perform arenas of operating with members, in teams, inside companies, and inside of a much broader social and political context.
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Additionally, Maslow’s typology does not recognise the possibility of manufacturing need through the marketing of particular goods and services and the advertising of specific commodities. Indeed, the commodification of need and identity under modern capitalist social relations is aimed more at creating needs that people do not know exist for the purposes of making a profit (Ritzer, 2000) rather than meeting basic needs, for example the Nike shoes advert that appropriates Michael Jordan’s athletic prowess and suggests that an individual purchaser could acquire the same through the act of buying the trainers.
Additionally, familialist approaches discourage discussions about social solidarities that cut across familial bonds, such as those signified by the broader community taking responsibility for the well-being of each dependent member within its borders – an argument with particular relevance to children. Ironically, the profession of social work has been created in part to recognise these obligations. Such considerations have underpinned the universalist aspirations of the welfare state and are evident in social work’s preoccupation with socially vulnerable people.
Both these images of bodies are also sexualised in accordance with heterosexual norms, and 20 Anti-Oppressive Social Work Theory and Practice they are taken as being without physical or mental flaws. The objectification of the body in hegemonic discourses results in some body shapes, conditions, sizes and colours being more valued than others. In other words, a hierarchy of body worth is established, and in this contest of worth, the bodies of old, disabled, black, lesbian women are valued least.