1st Edition

Intersectionality in Social Work Activism and Practice in Context

Edited By Suryia Nayak, Rachel Robbins Copyright 2019
    270 Pages
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This ground breaking book is an innovative, passionate and provocative exploration of intersectionality. The sustained emphasis on activism and practice reasserts the potency of intersectionality borne out of Black feminism. The rare and pioneering international reach of this book crosses four continents. In this book context matters: there is no intersectionality without context!

    Resting on the premise that we cannot work for the liberation of individuals, communities and societies without intersectionality, this book asks: How does intersectionality challenge the structures and discourses of social work education, management and organisation? What is the revolutionary potential of intersectionality? Intersectional in its method and content, the blend of practice, activism, research and theory troubles geopolitical and disciplinary boundaries. The range of topics include: Islamophobia, immigration, feminist movements, social work education, violence against women and girls, gender, sexuality, race, disability, age, religion, nationality, citizenship policy and legal frameworks.

    This book will appeal to activists for social justice, social work practitioners, researchers, lecturers, students and those working in the field of Black feminist thinking. The focus on the activism of intersectionality provides a clear pathway into Black feminist thinking and its application to social work internationally and to emancipatory collective political activism worldwide.

    List of figures; List of tables; List of contributors; Introduction (Suryia Nayak and Rachel Robbins); Part 1: Understandings of Intersectionality; Chapter 1: Textual Practice as Intersectional Practice: Situated Caste and Gender Knowledge in India (Suryia Nayak and Rekha Sethi); Chapter 2: Returning Home: Intersectionality, Social Work and Violence against BME Women and Girls in the UK (Hannana Siddiqui and Ravi K. Thiara); Chapter 3: The Detachment of Intersectionality from its Black Feminist Roots: A Critical Analysis of Social Service Provision Training Material Based in Ontario (Edward Hon-Sing Wong); Chapter 4: The politics of intersectionality as location (Andrew Hollingworth); Chapter 5: Gendered Islamophobia- intersectionality, religion and space for British South Asian Muslim women (Rashida Bibi); Chapter 6: State Building in Kosova: An intersectional analysis (Kaltrina Kusari); Chapter 7: Reflections on the theory and practice of intersectionality: immigration and health provision services in Brazil (Ilana Mountian and Elena Calvo-Gonzalez); Part 2: Realizations of the activism of Intersectionality; Chapter 8: revolutionary spaces? [re]imagining and transforming work to end violence against black women and girls (Dorett Jones and Marai Larasi); Chapter 9: Understanding the Macroaggressions Underscoring the Invisibility of Black Female Victims of Police Violence within Black Lives Matter Protests (Kamaria Muntu); Chapter 10: "They like you to pretend to be something you are not": An exploration of working with the intersections of gender, sexuality, ‘race’, religion and ‘refugeeness’, through the experience of Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) members and volunteers (Nina Held and Karen McCarthy); Chapter 11: Indian women on the margins of nation and feminism (Sonia Soans); Chapter 12: Fault Lines: Black Feminist Intersectional Practice Working to End Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) (Camille Kumar); Chapter 13: The impossibility of adulthood with a learning disability and the possibilities of digital activism (Rachel Robbins); Chapter 14: The Activism of Intersectionality: A Tool for feminist Political Articulations, Possibilities, Tensions and Challenges (Itziar Gandarias Goikoetxea); Chapter 15: Breaking the Silence: Women, Intersectionality, Community Radio and Empowerment (Annette Rimmer); Conclusion: Contextual Intersectionality: A Conversation (Suryia Nayak, Marisela Montenegro, and Joan Pujol); Index


    Suryia Nayak is a Senior Lecturer in social work at the University of Salford, UK. Suryia has been working with intersectionality for over 30 years for social justice in ending violence against women and girls, primarily within the Rape Crisis Movement. Suryia has set up services dedicated to BAMER women and girls. Suryia applies models of education as liberation and the activism of Black feminism to raise consciousness about the psychological and political impact of oppressive social constructions.

    Rachel Robbins is a Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire. She researches in the areas of domestic violence, adult social care and social justice. In particular she has an interest in feminist theory and intersectionality. Rachel is research active in the area of social work and social policy and is a member of the Connect Centre for International Research on New Approaches to Prevent Violence and Harm. Prior to entering the academy, Rachel worked in a range of social work and social policy settings.