Activism: optional extra or essential everyday practice in Australian social work? Results of a classroom-based inquiry

Gair, Susan (2016) Activism: optional extra or essential everyday practice in Australian social work? Results of a classroom-based inquiry. In: Abstracts from the Australia and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research Symposium. 35. p. 20. From: ANZSWWER 2016: Australia and New Zealand Social Work and Welfare Education and Research Symposium: advancing our critical edge in social welfare education, research and practice, 29-30 September 2016, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Australia's inconvenient history includes British invasion that contributed to enduring individual and structural racism and discrimination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and they remain significantly overrepresented as social work clients. An antiracist stance is understood to be core to social work practice. Some literature has suggested that cultivating empathy can help reduce racism, and provoke activism for social justice. This presentation reports on a recent classroom-based inquiry exploring barriers to activism. The study extends previous student-centred research by the presenter exploring empathy and racism. The findings suggest that some students hesitant to commit to action for social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians for reasons including a lack of confidence, and a lack of time and information. Advancing social work students' confidence and skill development, including facilitating 'critical empathy', may bolster students' embrace of everyday acts of activism for social justice.

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Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 01:34
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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