Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice: Social Justice Social Work, 3rd Edition

Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice: Social Justice Social Work, 3rd Edition

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This updated third edition of the immensely popular Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice introduces students to anti-oppressive social work, its historical and theoretical roots and the specific contexts of anti-oppressive social work practice. Key to this practice is the understanding that the problems faced by an individual are rooted in the inequalities and oppression of the socio-political structure of society rather than in personal characteristics or individual choices. Moreover, the contributors show that social justice and social change — working against racism, sexism and class oppression — can and must be a key component of social work practice. Drawing on concrete examples from specific practice contexts, personal experience and case work, including child welfare, poverty, mental health, addictions and disability, the contributors demonstrate how to translate social justice theory into everyday practice. This new edition adds chapters on working with refugee, immigrant and racialized families; children; older adults; cognitive behavioural therapy; and using social media as a tool for social change.


Donna Baines, editor

Donna Baines holds the Chair in Social Work and Policy Studies and is a Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to this appointment, she taught labour studies and social work for 15 years at McMaster University. Donna’s teaching interests include social movements and advocacy, social policy, globalization and restructuring and social justice. Her research interests focus on the impact of restructuring on work in the human services; race, class, and gender in everyday social service work; social services work and unions; caring labour; radical social work practice and theory; gendered and racialized impacts of restructuring work; post modern social work; women and social policy; and structural social work. Donna has published extensively. Her articles have appeared in Social Work, Journal of Health and Safety, Women and Work, Australian Social Work, Social Justice and Studies in Political Economy, among several other journals.


  • An expansive and insightful book that articulates and interrogates, through the voices of sixteen of the best social worker educators today, the scope of contemporary social injustice concerns and the remedies to be found anti-oppression theory and practice. The collective works centre marginalized and silenced voices, and articulate the praxis of anti-oppression; that is, what we as social work students, practitioners, and educators must know to be anti-oppressive in theory and in practice in our work with multiple populations. The book is a pleasure to read and the highlighting of key terms throughout the book, especially, will be valuable for students at all levels. This collection is a joyous act of “epistemic disobedience” and is sure to become the seminal work in anti-oppression theory and practice. - Raven Sinclair, School of Social Work, University of Regina
  • A key resource for social work students, educators, researchers and practitioners. - Susan Preston, School of Social Work, Ryerson University
  • Buy this book. Make it required reading for every incoming social work student. The best resource I’ve ever found to help with the challenging task of radiating social justice theory into the heart of social work practice. Accessible, real, and encouraging, Doing Anti-Oppressive Practice shines the way forward for our entire profession. - Elaine Spencer, Social Work Faculty, Red Deer College

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Fernwood Publishing



rights sold: Canada, USA

rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: University Undergraduate/Graduate/Practitioner Resource

number of pages: 328

publication date: 03/15/2017

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book