Ethnicity and Social Work Practice

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Ethnicity and Social Work Practice fills a major gap in the literature on social work and ethnicity by offering a broad, conceptual model applicable to all ethnic populations. It presents ethnicity in an innovative way, focusing on its many dimensions as encountered in various areas of social work practice (individuals, families, groups, and communities) and includes separate chapters on social services, healthcare, and social planning and policy development. Rather than attempting to address these issues by describing the traits of specific ethnic groups, this text presents the model of an ethnic lens. It is through this lens that ethnic groups are likely to perceive society, problems, the helping process, and the social workers who assist them. At the same time, social work practitioners perceive various ethnic groups through their own lenses, based upon their own experiences and beliefs. The effectiveness of practice and the establishment of a valid social work relationship depends to a large extent on the clarity of these lenses.

Ethnicity and Social Work Practice is careful to avoid the twin traps of stereotyping or ignoring the importance of ethnicity, presenting a comprehensive conceptual framework useful to both students and practitioners. As the text links substantive themes to the ethnic perspective, it underscores the critical role ethnicity plays in social work practice, making it a significant contribution to courses in social work practice, cultural diversity, and human behavior in the social environment.

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"Up-to-date on issues realted to ethnicity in this country. I like the case examples and questions for discussion at the end of chapters. I especially like the discussion of ethnicity in terms of the various domains of practice: individual, family, group, and community."—Norma D. Thomas, Widener University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195099317
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

National Catholic School of Social Service, Catholic University of America

University of Maryland at Baltimore

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Table of Contents

1. Setting the Stage: Ethnicity in American Society
2. Ethnicity and Social Work Practice with Individuals
3. Ethnicity and Social Work with Groups
4. Ethnicity and Families
5. Ethnicity and Communities
6. Ethnicity and Social Services
7. Ethnicity and Health
8. Ethnicity and Social Welfare Policy
9. Conclusions

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