Antioppressive theory, Globalization, Intersectionality, Oppression, nature of, Oppression, root causes of, Oppression, types of, Restorative justice, Social work profession
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
This article considers the root causes of oppression from social work's biopsychosocial framework, looking at biological, psychological, and social theories of oppression and explores types of oppression as delineated in the literature. Macro- and microforms of oppression are considered. From a macro- and Marxist perspective, oppressive aspects of economic globalization are discussed. From a micro-perspective, attacks on individuals on the grounds of personal or cultural difference are briefly considered. The second part of the article focuses on antioppressive theory and antioppressive practice as concepts associated most closely with the social work profession. Finally, examples of antioppressive practice are presented.
Department of Social Work
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van Wormer, Katherine, "Oppression" (2015). Faculty Publications. 1261.