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TitleConceptualizing oppression : resistance narratives for social work
AuthorHillock, Susan, 1963-
DescriptionThesis (Ph.D.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2011. Social Work
Paginationix, 273 leaves : ill.
SubjectOppression (Psychology); Social work education; Fieldwork (Educational method); Social workers--Attitudes
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Social Work Programme
DisciplineSocial Work
NotesBibliography: leaves 237-252.
AbstractUsing an exploratory qualitative research design, featuring semi-structured interviews with ten social work field instructors, this thesis explores three key areas related to oppression: 1) the participants' discourses, experiences, and narratives of oppression including the respondents' conceptualization processes about oppression; 2) their representational narratives and constructions about how they applied their conceptualizations of oppression to social work practice and their personal lives; and 3) their resistance efforts. Four main themes emerging from the research findings include: 1) understandings of oppression and anti-oppressive practice (AOP); 2) limited acknowledgement of privilege and entitlement; 3) a conclusion that good intentions are not enough to create social change, and 4) a lack of collectivity and social action. Based on these themes, recommendations range from the need for effective change strategies for the "low power" actor, the development of educational curriculum and field instruction skills related to AOP, to the teaching of successful resistance strategies. Suggestions for future research are outlined including exploring service users' conceptualizations of oppression, ascertaining if social workers stories about their resistance and AOP are congruent with their actual behaviours, and creating research and scholarship into how to facilitate and optimize student learning through classroom and field practicum moments of AOP transformation, identity challenge, stress, and uncertainty.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
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SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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