Journal Article

The Cultural Mediator: Bridging the Gap Between a Non‐Western Community and Professional Social Work Practice

Alean Al‐Krenawi and John R. Graham

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 31, issue 5, pages 665-685
Published in print October 2001 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2001 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/31.5.665
The Cultural Mediator: Bridging the Gap Between a Non‐Western Community and Professional Social Work Practice

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This paper analyses a demonstration project that enabled social workers to practise effectively in their home community (a Bedouin‐Arab city in the Negev, Israel) where gender relations are patriarchal and the interface of social work and cultural practices had previously impeded professional functioning. Collaborative work with cultural mediators, individuals with high social status and knowledge of community traditions, rendered interventions more culturally appropriate, bridged gaps between the cultural and professional canons, and promoted social work's role in a society that had a limited understanding of, and experience with, the profession. Future social work practice and research could focus on further enhancing women's choice making opportunities in this patriarchal culture.

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Subjects: Social Work

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