Anti-Racism in Social Work Practice is a new book which I have have had the privilege of contributing a chapter to (on 'Critical Race Theory and exploring 'whiteness'). The book was published in April 2013 by Critical Publishing edited by Angie Bartoli. All the contributors are either based in the Social Work Division at the University of Northampton or have historically been linked to it (as I was when I was the Equality and Diversity Advisor at the university for seven years until 2012).
The publishers describe the books in the following way:
Anti-racism has a long history within the profession of social work and its education. Despite an agenda within higher education which promotes internationalization and practice which recognises diversity, little has been written to address the question of why black African students have a different experience from others on their social work educational journey.
This book is based upon the authors’ experience as educators and their own research about and with black students’ experience of racism and ‘otherness’ within social work practice and education. Radical and honest in nature, it re-visits anti-racism within social work practice and education from a student focused and informed perspective based on lived experience and conversations.
This book will be of interest to all social work students, educators and policy makers with an interest in anti-racism and diversity. It includes practical models and tried and tested tools to help the reader work through these issues.
The chapter headings in the book and the authors of each chapter are as follows:
Introduction. Angie Bartoli
1. Backlash blues: racialisation and citizenship. Bernadette Curran
2. Anti-racist social work education. Sukhwinder Singh
3. Developing Cultural Competence. Prospera Tedam
4. Padare: a meeting around a tree. Angie Bartoli
5. White women listening. Sue Kennedy
6. Critical Race Theory and exploring 'whiteness'. Paul Crofts
7. View from the workplace: practitioners speak out. Charity Chukwuemeka
Conclusion: a forward looking journey. Angie Bartoli and Prospera Tedum