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date: 29 November 2020

Multiculturalismlocked

  • Eun-Kyoung Othelia LeeEun-Kyoung Othelia LeeUniversity of North Carolina, Charlotte
  •  and Ruth G. McRoyRuth G. McRoyBoston College

Summary

This entry defines the concept of multiculturalism and explains, from a historical and contemporary perspective, its evolution and significance in social work. The relationship between multiculturalism and socioeconomic justice, oppression, populations at risk, health disparities, and discrimination is explained. The importance of preparatory training for social workers to meet the challenges of multiculturalism is highlighted and examples of cross-cultural training models are provided. Implications of multiculturalism for clinical practice and policy development are discussed.

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