Reimagining Social Work Ancestry : Toward Epistemic Decolonization

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Clarke , K 2022 , ' Reimagining Social Work Ancestry : Toward Epistemic Decolonization ' , Affilia , vol. 37 , no. 2 , 08861099211051326 , pp. 266-278 .

Title: Reimagining Social Work Ancestry : Toward Epistemic Decolonization
Author: Clarke, Kris
Contributor organization: Social Work
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria)
Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Date: 2022-05-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Affilia
ISSN: 0886-1099
Abstract: Contextualizing disciplinary histories through the personal stories of forerunners creates compelling narratives of the craft of evolving professions. By looking to our intellectual and practitioner ancestors, we participate in a dialogue with a history that shapes our contemporary professional identities and aspirations for the future. Grounded in a decolonizing approach to social work, this article examines how the discipline shapes its professional identity and ways of knowing by centering the role of canonical founders in the social work curriculum. The global social work origin story in the curriculum often centers on Anglo-American ancestors that illustrate the development of the disciplinary boundaries of the international profession. One method of decolonizing social work epistemology at the intersection of ancestors and professional lineage could be to look to public history as a pedagogical tool in the curriculum. The article concludes by examining the use of podcasts as having the potential to decolonize the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating local knowledge of ancestors thus challenging the top-down approach to expert-driven epistemologies.
Subject: 5145 Social work
social work history
social work curriculum
social work professional identity
social work epistemology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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