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date: 29 November 2022

Cultural Equity and the Displacement of Otheringlocked

Cultural Equity and the Displacement of Otheringlocked

  • Rhea AlmeidaRhea AlmeidaThe Institute for Family Services

Summary

This article proposes social equity as a paradigm to guide social work practice and education. “Cultural equity” encompasses the multiplicity of personal, social, and institutional locations that frame identities in therapeutic practice as well as the classroom by locating these complexities within a societal matrix that shapes relationships of power, privilege, and oppression. Foregoing cultural competency for a cultural equity framework requires both analysis and interruption of the “otherizing” process inherited through multicultural discourses and the legacies of colonization. Through the use of education for critical consciousness, accountability through transparency, community-learning circles, progressive coalition-building, and usage of action strategies, transformative potential is revealed across multiple sites, both local as well as global. Multiple illustrations for the coherent application of cultural equity in social work practice and education are offered.

Subjects

  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

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