Social Work with the Black African Diaspora

By Washington Marovatsanga and Paul Michael Garrett

Published

Jul 14, 2022

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447363101

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jul 14, 2022

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447363125

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jul 14, 2022

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447363125

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Social Work with the Black African Diaspora

Social work education and interventions with Black African families are frequently impaired because of discrimination, racism and the structuring priorities of neoliberalism.

Rooted in rich and fascinating empirical work with practitioners and educators, this urgent, scholarly and accessible book emphasises that ‘Black Lives Matter’. Intent on nurturing more progressive and pluralistic practices in pedagogy and practice, the book is a timely and significant contribution seeking to remake social work approaches to issues of ‘race’, racism and social justice.

“Building on a strong tradition of anti-racist social work, this new text opens up important new critical insights into the nature of racialisation, marginalisation and the ongoing violence of colonialism from the perspective of people of African descent.” Gurnam Singh, University of Chester

“This book covers niche areas in previously uncharted territories of social work academia in Western Europe, specifically in Ireland. A timely read in the post-George Floyd era.” Wayne Reid, social worker and anti-racism visionary

“A powerful example of moving towards the questions we ask, the relationships we cultivate and the solutions we imagine when given the time, opportunity, space, grace and support to grow.” Alexis D. Jemal, City University of New York

“This book offers a sustained call for greater plurality within the social work profession and how it engages with internally diverse communities – like Black Africans in Ireland. The book navigates the political and economic landscape with an anti-racist and decolonising approach.” Otrude N. Moyo, Indiana University

Washington Marovatsanga works at the Atlantic Technological University in the Republic of Ireland. He is a qualified social worker and board member of the Irish Association of Social Workers.

Paul Michael Garrett works at the University of Galway in the Republic of Ireland. He is an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy.

1. Introduction

2. Keywords, concepts and terminology

3. Decolonising theory

4. Afrocentricity and its critics

5. Social Work in neoliberal, ‘multicultural’ Ireland

6. ‘When in Rome, you do as the Romans do’? Social work with the Black African diaspora

7. Conclusion