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Communication, Culture and Competence in Social Work Education

Froggett, L. and Sapey, Robert (1997) Communication, Culture and Competence in Social Work Education. Social Work Education, 16 (1). pp. 41-53. ISSN 0261-5479

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Abstract

This paper argues that the managerialist influence on the DipSW has meant that both the models of social work and of social work education that have come to dominance since it was first approved in 1989 are incompatible with the development of anti-racist practice. We explore the potential of reformulating social work as a communicative activity and the implications of this for the education of social workers. We argue that this would require an approach that incorporates three main elements: an analysis of the way in which power and disadvantage is distributed between racial groups and the ways in which this affects their ability to represent their own needs in political debate; an understanding of the ways in which the wider discourses of racial domination find expression in culture; and the development of our understanding of how intrapsychic representations of race and power come to be inscribed in mental life. It is through the interrelationship of these domains that anti-racist practice can become integral to social work.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Work Education
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 53622
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 20 Apr 2012 12:50
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:20
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/53622

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