Social Work Practice for Social Justice: From Cultural Competence to Anti-Oppression (2nd edition)
An invitation and challenge to students and practitioners to tackle the personal and institutional obstacles preventing the social work profession from realizing its mandate to promote social justice. Systemic racism is centered as the foundation oppression of our country to provide the gateway for understanding and dismantling all other systems of oppression. Garcia and Van Soest probe essential questions about how social justice theories, institutional practices, and deep-seated personal and societal belief systems function to rationalize and support oppression, and they provide numerous exercises as a guide to increased awareness, understanding, and anti-oppression action.
“Social Work Practice for Social Justice is an articulate and a highly engaging book that is timely and relevant, reflecting on contemporary societal divisiveness grounded in race, politics, COVID, and economic disparities as well as long standing injustices. This is a highly practical book filled with specific activities, powerful and detailed case examples, and guidance to promote multilayered reflection and discussion. The book does not shy away from acknowledging that anti-oppressive work is difficult and often uncomfortable, while consistently affirming the importance of this courageous work. Students and instructors from different backgrounds and experience levels can all find meaningful guidance and glean new insights from immersing themselves in this book.”
—Hilary N. Weaver, Professor & Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, University at Buffalo School of Social Work