Social work is called upon to shift from a human-centric bias to an ecological ethical sensibility by embracing love as integral to their justice mission and by extending the idea of social justice to include environmental and species justice. This book presents the love ethic model as a way to do eco-justice work using public campaigns, research, community arts practice and other nonviolent direct action strategies.
The model is premised on an active and ongoing commitment to the eco-values of love, eco-justice and nonviolence for the purpose of upholding the public interest. The love ethic model is informed by the stories of eco-activists who used nonviolent actions to address ecological issues such as: pollution; degradation of the environment; exploitation of farm animals; mining industry over-riding First Nation Peoples’ land rights, and; human health and social costs related to the natural resource industries, private land developments and government infrastructure projects.
Informed by practice insights by activists from a range of eco-justice concerns, this innovative book provides new directions in social work and environmental studies involving transformational change leadership and dialogical group work between interest groups. It should be considered essential reading for social work students, researchers and practitioners, as well as eco-activists more generally.
List of figures; Foreward; List of contributors; PART 1 What love looks like in public Chapter 1 Eco-activism and social work: In the public interest Martin Brueckner and Dyann Ross Chapter 2 Home grown community activism in Yarloop Dyann Ross and Vince Puccio Chapter 3 Researching disaster recovery: The case for an activist participatory design Marilyn Palmer Chapter 4 Just(ice) arts in practice: Processes and collaborations Helen Seiver Chapter 5 The wrong side of native title, the right side of mining Michael Woodley; Chapter 6 Say no to Roe 8 Danielle Brady; Chapter 7 Hands off Point Peron Dawn Jecks; Chapter 8 Species justice is for every body Wallea Eaglehawk; Chapter 9 International experiences with social licence contestations Martin Brueckner and Lian Sinclair; PART 2 Clarion call for social work; Chapter 10 The love ethic practice model Dyann Ross; Chapter 11 Transformational change leadership and dialogue between groups Dyann Ross and Marilyn Palmer; Chapter 12 Conclusion: New directions in leadership and group work; Dyann Ross, Marilyn Palmer, Wallea Eaglehawk and Martin Brueckner; Resources for practice; Index
Sustainability is the social justice issue of the century. This series adopts a global and interdisciplinary approach to explore the impact of the harmful relationship between humans and the environment in relation to social work practice and theory.
It will offer cutting-edge analysis, pioneering case studies and current theoretical perspectives concerning the examination and treatment of social justice issues created by a disregard for non-Western cultures and environmental detachment. The books will examine a broad range of subjects, from indigenous social work practice, to applications of green social work, to the social worker’s response to natural disasters, all connected by a commitment to indigenous and environmentally relevant social work. They will show an engagement with disciplines such as sociology, law, science and technology, religion and spirituality, critical studies, public policy, crisis management and political policy, and in doing so encourage a transdisciplinary conversation with the aim of promoting practical action.
This series contains books invaluable to students, researchers and practitioners in a world where environmental exploitation and an ignorance of indigenous peoples is violating the principles of social justice. Key theoretical, methodology and services issues and challenges in indigenous and environmental social work are reviewed, as are the ways in which adaptation can lead to more effective practices.