Journal Article

Anti-Oppressive Research in Social Work: A Preliminary Definition

Roni Strier

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 5, pages 857-871
Published in print July 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online July 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcl062
Anti-Oppressive Research in Social Work: A Preliminary Definition

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In comparison with other helping professions, social work claims to embrace a very distinctive mission: to oppose the roots and effects of social oppression. This article examines social work research from an anti-oppressive social work perspective. It argues that in order to match the liberating mission of the profession, social work research should defy the dominant traditions of social science research. The paper first outlines a definition of anti-oppressive research in social work and then suggests a relevant set of criteria for assessing it. A case study is described and analysed according to these criteria, followed by a discussion of some ethical and methodological issues involved in the development of a more inclusive inquiry in social work.

Keywords: anti-oppressive social work; action research; participatory research; emancipatory research

Journal Article.  6048 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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