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date: 27 June 2022

Political Interventionslocked

Political Interventionslocked

  • Megan MeyerMegan MeyerUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore

Summary

Since the Progressive Era, social workers have played important roles in political struggles and social movements for social justice. They have advocated for, designed, and implemented an array of domestic and international social policies and have increasingly campaigned for and held political office. Even so, there has been considerable ambivalence within the profession about the extent to which social workers should engage in political action, considered by some to be “radical” social work. A major challenge facing the profession during the 21st century is to ensure that social work programs and associations prepare students and practitioners to understand the impact of political processes on their and their clients’ lives and to develop the skills to identify the forms of political intervention that are effective for different goals and different political, social, and economic contexts.

Subjects

  • Macro Practice
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • Social Work Profession

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