Engaging with resistance to facilitate social work education for eco-social justice

Zuchowski, Ines (2011) Engaging with resistance to facilitate social work education for eco-social justice. In: Jones, Peter, Miles, Debra, Francis, Abraham, and Rajeev, S.P., (eds.) Eco-social Justice: issues, challenges and ways forward: voices from De Novo '11. Books For Change, Karnataka, India, pp. 147-163.

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Abstract

Education and raising the awareness of the community about issues of eco-social justice can be challenging and meet with resistance at individual, community and societal levels. For meaningful change to occur in society the knowledge, skills and understandings of individuals and communities has to be increased to allow for the community as a whole to implement changes. Globally, people are affected by climate change, economic exploitation and environmental degradation, yet, economic interests, community attitudes and localised concerns often cause individuals, communities and societies to oppose strategies that move towards eco-social justice.

This paper explores the idea that the resistance of participants in educational programs can be used as a tool for deep engagement with the audience in working towards human rights based, ecologically just and sustainable futures. Examples will be drawn from the author's work in addressing violence against women and used to explore how resistance can be used to promote change in attitudes, values and beliefs. Parallels will be drawn between this work and opportunities to work with the community toward eco-social justice.

Item ID: 19229
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: social work, resistance, change, transformational learning
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This chapter appears in the book "Eco-social Justice: issues, challenges and ways forward: voices from De Novo '11". The information for the book is available from the Related URLs field.

This work was presented at the De Novo '11 Conference "Eco-Social Justice: issues, challenges and ways forward", held in Kochi, Kerala, India, 8-11 November 2011.

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ISBN: 978-81-8291-118-5
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2012 07:04
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 50%
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