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<i>Ethnicity and Social Welfare Policy</i>

Carole B. Cox and Paul H. Ephross

in Ethnicity and Social Work Practice

Published in print February 1998 | ISBN: 9780195099317
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864744 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099317.003.0008
Ethnicity and Social Welfare Policy

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Social policy determines to a large extent the ways in which practice is conducted. Policy reflects society's values while ethnicity can impact the ways in which these values are perceived by ethnic groups. The Civil Rights Act and affirmative action, while not without their critics, are policies that have attempted to assure equality for diverse groups and have set the framework for further inclusion. Ethnic elderly, immigrants, and many of those on welfare are among those groups strongly impacted by social policies. Social workers can act as advocates influencing policy to assure that it is responsive to diverse values and needs, and that myths do not cloud the ethnic lens of policy makers. Empowering those who are disenfranchised so can be vital for removing policy inequities as they make their needs known to those responsible for policy decisions.

Keywords: advocacy; empowerment; equality; values; Civil Rights Act; elderly; immigrants

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