Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice and the Carceral State

Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice and the Carceral State

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Author/Contributor(s): Willison, Judith S ; O'Brien, Patricia
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Date: 08/19/2022
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
With violent policing, inhumane detention and imprisonment, community surveillance and loss of civil rights, the criminal legal system is unjust; and it is crucial for social workers to understand and take steps toward change. Under the guise of helping adults in multiple correctional contexts, social workers have historically engaged in efforts that privilege the carceral system and reproduce its harmful apparatus that extends to families and communities.

Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice and the Carceral State plots a path to change by using an anti-oppressive and transformative approach. Patricia O'Brien and Judith S. Willison critically examine strategies to shift punishment-centered practices to build collaborative partnerships and possibilities toward decarceration and individual and community power.