Journal Article

Anti-oppressive Social Work Practice with Women in Prison: Discursive Reconstructions and Alternative Practices

Shoshana Pollack

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 34, issue 5, pages 693-707
Published in print July 2004 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online July 2004 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch085
Anti-oppressive Social Work Practice with Women in Prison: Discursive Reconstructions and Alternative Practices

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An anti-oppressive practice (AOP) framework emphasizes issues of power and oppression within the provision of social work services themselves as well as within the lives of clients who have been marginalized and oppressed (Preston-Shoot, 1995; Garcia and Melendez, 1997). AOP seeks to deindividualize clients’ problems in order to see them within the wider social context of their lives. In addition, this framework attempts to move away from an ‘expert’ model of service delivery towards one that is more inclusive of clients’ experiences and that incorporates a recognition of coping and resistence to oppression. In this paper I discuss how an AOP framework can contribute to our understanding of and interventions with women in prison. In particular, I will focus upon how we can better understand and respond to women’s mental health issues and the experience of imprisonment. Peer support services are examined as an example of AOP programming for women in prison.

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Subjects: Social Work

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