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Emancipatory social work education and community empowerment

Emancipatory social work education and community empowerment

In this paper we discuss the links between emancipatory social work education and community empowerment. Based on Freirian-Gramscian-Althusserian theoretical analyses and praxis, we argue that the development of critical consciousness has the potential to contribute to radical and empowering social action. In doing so, we draw on the voices of students who have had the benefit of emancipatory social work education, and on our experiences in working in communities.

Emancipatory social work education, rooted in critical and radical theories, highlights the iterative relationship between the personal and political dimensions of life, thus rendering the micro-macro dichotomy a false one. It thus brings into sharp focus the complex inter-relationship between agency and structure. Emancipatory social work is directed at heightening awareness of external sources of oppression and/or privilege that hold the possibility of increasing self-esteem and courage to confront structural sources of marginalization, oppression and exclusion.

Areas of Interest / Categories: BISBP 2015

BISBP 2015

AmeriCares India: Access to Health Care for the Urban Poor Mobile Medical Clinic Program.

Surviving in the city is a daily crisis, for the slum population in Mumbai who are essentially migrants from the villages and small towns seeking to escape rural poverty. Extremely high population density, food insecurity, poor access to drinking water and sanitation coupled with high cost of living and job insecurity adversely affects their quality of life. The disease pattern is typical leading to indicators worse than those in the villages; this fact blanketed by better-than-average morbidity and mortality indicators of the city. The AmeriCares India Mobile Medical Clinic Program is an established & unique model of ‘Access & Continuity of Care’ striving to provide access and continuity of quality primary care for marginalized communities in urban slums, using mobile medical units coupled with information technology.

Using Arts-Based Interventions for Empowerment and Social Justice

Social Work with Elderly: a rural study

Social work profession enhances the well-being of people by intervening at the points where people find difficulties. Interventions are intended to assist clients in alleviating problems impeding their well-being. Old age is the last phase of one’s life where the elderly confront many challenges with regard to their physical, mental health and support system. The quality of life of rural elderly in India is deteriorating because of inadequate facilities and weak support system. This paper is based on the impact of social work intervention in improving the mental health condition of a group of elderly people residing in rural India.

Motherhood and Mothering: reflections from researching resilience in Kashmir

Though motherhood has been glorified in the patriarchal societies, this glorification does not necessarily lead to rights and entitlements in lives of every woman. Motherhood (along with a caring and nurturing role) sometimes becomes a vulnerability for women in adversity or in disadvantaged contexts and sometimes motherhood and mothering becomes a human strength (as viewed in the care focused feminism). In both scenarios, motherhood and mothering do seem to become significant in defining identities of women. Based on a qualitative research on resilience among women widowed due to the conflict in Kashmir, this paper focuses on how women view their experiences as single mothers, and how exercising identity of being a ‘mother’ becomes a part of the resilience process.

Review of Food Security as a Social Protection Measure in Kenya

The primary purpose of a government is to protect its citizens. This protection takes various forms, depending on the enemy at hand. Food insecurity is an enemy of man that every sovereign nation ought to protect its citizens from. Food insecurity is a factor in poverty, one of the three enemies of progress, (the other two being ignorance and disease) that Kenya committed itself to getting rid of at the time of political independence in 1963. Bill of Rights of Kenya’s constitution promulgated in 2010, commits itself to preserve the dignity of individuals and communities and to promote social justice and the realisation of the potential of all human beings.

Environmental awareness among rural self help group members

Self Help Groups (SHGs) are formed in large scale in India. SHGs of women have become very common in villages of Karnataka. Large numbers of rural women have been enrolled into SHGs by both government and non government organisations with the aim to empower women. Self help groups are homogeneous groups of the rural poor. The number of members in the group ranges from 10 to 20 members. The objective of SHG formation is not only economic empowerment but also integrated empowerment by focusing on enhancing skills, knowledge, capacities and awareness generation. Self help groups are the platform to discuss various issues like environment, health and hygiene, child development, women empowerment and so on. The degradation of environment can be checked with the intervention of rural women SHGs.

The intertwining of coping, resilience and hope: A review from social work perspectives

Life stress events are primarily due to a human being’s interaction with their social environment. In fact, in social work practice, the concept of “person-in-environment” becomes the main focus of intervention. The successful of mobilising and enhancing an individual’s personal and environmental resources can lead to a person’s motivation to cope with life stress, it elevates resiliency and can help to further establish hope for a better life. The effectiveness of intervention however will greatly rely on the individuals as well as the social workers.