Focussing on the epistemic: the way in which knowledge is understood, constructed, transmitted and used, this book shows the way social work knowledge has been constructed from within a white western paradigm, and the need for a critique of whiteness within social work at this epistemic level. Social work, emerging from the western Enlightenment world, has privileged white western knowledge, in ways that have been, until recently, largely unexamined within its professional discourse. This imposition of white western ways of knowing, has led to a corresponding marginalisation of other forms of knowledge. Drawing on views from social workers from Asia; The Pacific region; Africa, Australia and Latin America, this book also includes a glossary of over 40 commonly used social work terms which are listed with their epistemological assumptions identified. Opening up debate about the received wisdom of much social work language as well as challenging the epistemological assumptions behind conventional social work practice, this book will be of interest to all scholars and students of social work as well as practitioners seeking to develop genuinely decolonised forms of practice.
PART 1 Introduction: Sonia Tascón and Jim Ife Chapter 1: Critical Whiteness: Communicating Social Work: Sonia Tascón Chapter 2: Whiteness from Within: Jim Ife PART 2 Chapter 3: The white saviour complex: The danger of the “single story” about Africa & Africans in Social work Practice: Kathomi Gatwiri Chapter 4: Straddling the Gap: Australian Social Work and First People: Sue Green Chapter 5: Decolonising Social work in Uganda by Starting from the Community: Sharlotte Tusasiirwe Chapter 6: Refractory inventions: The incubation of Rival Epistemologies on the Margins of Brazilian Social Work: Iris Silva Brito, Goetz Ottmann Chapter 7: Mutuality and creativity: Knowing and Being as a Pasifika social work scholar: Tracie Mafile’o Chapter 8: Supporting the development of Pacific Social Work across Oceania – critical reflections and lessons learnt towards disrupting whiteness in the region: Jioji Ravulo Chapter 9: Una aproximación al trabajo social desde la decolonialidad y la interseccionalidades: Larry Alicea Rodríguez Chapter 10: Islamic and Local Knowledge on Social Work in Malaysia: Zulkarnain A. Hatta, Isahaque Ali, Mohd Haizzan Yahaya, Mat Saad PART 3 Decolonising the Language of Social Work