Key Concepts in Anti-Discriminatory Social Work by Toyin Okitikpi

By Toyin Okitikpi

This Key techniques truly and concisely explains the fundamental rules within the box of anti-discriminatory social paintings. It: explores the variety of discriminations that folks event and discusses a couple of theories that tell anti-discriminatory practice;considers the felony frameworks during which anti-discriminatory perform operates; analyzes the talents and data required to perform effectively;highlights the dynamic nature of anti-discriminatory perform and issues the way in which in the direction of a brand new perform size. offers a vital reference consultant for all social paintings scholars and practitioners, in addition to these taking classes in instructor education, early life and group, nursing, mid-wifery and psychological wellbeing and fitness reviews for whom anti-discriminatory perform is a vital aspect of their examine.

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According to Dominelli (2004), the commitment to anti-oppressive, hence antidiscriminatory practice, has a long history in the social work profession. In her view, anti-discriminatory practice is thought of as being of equal importance alongside the knowledge that social workers are expected to acquire and the skills that are required for the task of social work. The social work profession likes to link its history to the early charitable organisations, parish relief and philanthropists who provided help and support to the poor and the destitute, but of course shies away from associating itself with the Poor Law Relief Act 1834 and the workhouse regimes.

Making a parallel point, Pierre Bourdieu highlighted the way class dominance is perpetuated and how this in turn shapes social relationships. In his view, the dominant class does not overtly dominate or conspire against other class groups in society but rather, as Lechte (1994: 45) observed, they are the ‘beneficiary of economic, social and symbolic power’. In essence, the power that enables the dominant class to maintain their position in society is embodied in what Bourdieu called ‘economic and cultural capital, which in turn are not only embedded in society’s institutions and practices but they are reproduced by these very institutions and practices’ (Lechte 1994: 45).

In other words, it was deemed imperative (it was indeed celebrated) that groups should be allowed to maintain their distinct cultural values and not necessarily attempt to integrate with the mainstream. The view was that as long as people within the groups obeyed the law, then they were free to either engage on their terms or disengage from the mainstream. qxp 34 21/09/2009 6:20 PM Page 34 and groups. In some cases, the practices set back the progress and gains that had been achieved and they reinforced various forms of discrimination and oppressions.

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