Critical Consciousness and Cross-Cultural/Intersectional Social Work Practice: A Case Analysis


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

Social workers have an ethical responsibility to address the dynamics and consequences of oppression and to promote social justice. Working across cultures and identities requires expanding our comfort zones, owning our power and privilege, and engaging in active self-reflection that interrogates what we hold to be true. These are vital components of “critical consciousness” and critical approaches to practice. This paper presents a complex case example of a refugee Muslim family to articulate the processes that workers can use to deepen critical consciousness when working with clients. The authors describe ways to attend to the complex intersections (of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, and socioeconomic status) in multicultural and socially just practice within complex agency and environmental contexts.

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