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By Siobhan Laird

Anti-Oppressive Social paintings: A consultant for constructing Cultural Competence aims to enhance social paintings education and perform by means of arguing thorough figuring out of people's values, social norms, and relatives preparations are the most important to attaining culturally delicate perform. The publication strikes past conventional conceptions of anti-oppressive and anti-racist perform via exploring the cultural heritages of a few of the most ethnic minorities residing within the uk, and by way of determining the numerous kinds that racism can take.

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Unauthorised distribution forbidden. qxd 12/20/2007 7:34 PM Page 21 Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Practice 21 There is disagreement within the social-work profession between advocates of an anti-racist approach and those who promote cultural competence as strategies to eradicate racial discrimination from social-work practice. Those supporting dominant anti-racist approaches argue that focusing on the cultural aspects of ethnic-minority experience will undermine endeavours by social workers to challenge racism.

Gilroy (1993) acknowledges the importance of the interaction between the cultures and ideas of African Americans, the peoples of Africa and those of African descent living in Europe in forging a black cross-Atlantic identity. Referring to black communities in Europe, Gilroy (1993: 19) observes that ‘modern black political culture has always been more interested in the relationship of identity to roots and rootedness than in seeing identity as a process of movement’. Speaking more personally of his own experiences as a black man growing up in London, he recounts that ‘the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America, and above all black America contributed to our lived sense of a racial self ’ (1993: 109).

Unauthorised distribution forbidden. qxd 12/20/2007 7:34 PM Page 23 Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Practice 23 un de e racism at the personal, cultural and structural level. All of these dimensions profoundly affect the interactions between white social workers and black service-users during intervention. Dominelli (2002) criticises treating racism separately from other forms of oppression on the grounds that many people are simultaneously subjected to several forms of discrimination. For example, a woman who is both black and disabled will experience oppression due to her gender, race and disability.

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