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Confronting Injustice and Oppression: Concepts and Strategies for Social Workers
David G. Gil
Columbia University Press / Softcover / Jul 2013
9780231163996 (ISBN-10: 0231163991)
Social Work / Social & Political Issues
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192 pages
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More urgent than ever, David G. Gil’s guiding text gives social workers the knowledge and confidence they need to change unjust realities. Clarifying the meaning, sources, and dynamics of injustice, exploitation, and oppression and certifying the place of the social worker in combating these conditions, Gil promotes social-change strategies rooted in the nonviolent philosophies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.. He shares suggestions for transition policies intended to alleviate poverty, unemployment, and discrimination and examines modes of radical social work practice compatible with the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and President Roosevelt’s proposed “Economic Bill of Rights.” For this updated edition, Gil considers the factors driving two crucial developments since his volume’s initial publication: the Middle East’s Arab Spring and the U.S. Occupy Wall Street movement.

"An excellent theoretical framework for implementing policies and strategies to overcome the degrading conditions of injustice and oppression." — Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health




Preface to the 2013 Reissue

Introduction: The Relevance of Injustice and Oppression for Social Work and Social Policy

Part One: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives

1. Injustice and Oppression: Meaning, Links, and Alternatives

2. Injustice and Oppression: Origins, Evolution, Dynamics, and Consequences

3. Social Change Strategies to Overcome Injustice and Oppression

4. Dilemmas and Vicissitudes of Social Work

Part Two: Implications for Policy, Practice, and Organizing

5. Transition Policies Beyond Poverty, Unemployment, and Discrimination

6. Social-Change-Oriented “Radical” Practice


Appendix A. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Economic Bill of Rights

Appendix B. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Appendix C. Framework for Analysis and Development of Social Policies

Works Cited


About the Author:

David G. Gil is professor emeritus of social policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, and the author of Violence Against Children: Physical Child Abuse in the United States and Unraveling Social Policy: Theory, Analysis, and Political Action Towards Social Equality.

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