By Lena Dominelli
"Lena Dominelli is Professor of Social and neighborhood improvement and Director of the Centre for overseas Social and neighborhood improvement, college of Southampton, and President of the foreign organization of colleges of Social Work."--BOOK JACKET.
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It has had to help those who are the casualties of a deeply divisive and inegalitarian social order inextricably bound up with the processes of industrialisation within liberal capitalist societies, while simultaneously curtailing demands for resources within politically acceptable limits. Politicians have been afraid that without restraints upon their entitlements, individuals within disadvantaged social groupings would abuse available resources and refuse to lead a ‘moral, industrious life’ (Bauman, 1992).
Within this social context, the individual’s ‘allocative and authoritative resources’ are located. Some of these are contributed through the social position that the individual occupies. Thus, if the individual is a member of a dominant group, there are a number of social resources that accompany him or her to the negotiating table. For those in the Oppression, Social Divisions and Identity 41 dominant group, these include their sense of belonging to the society in question, being entitled to participate in its affairs and having the right to exercise choice in what they wish to do.
This regime Introducing Anti-Oppressive Theories for Practice 27 makes welfare resources available only for those groups that have been specifically targeted as needing them. In the process, the notion of ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ clients is being resurrected in popular discourses, this time within tightly defined boundaries aimed at reducing the numbers of people covered by a helping remit. This is the reverse of the universalism which, at least in theory, applied to everyone in equal measure under the social democratic consensus over welfare (Clarke and Newman, 1997).
Anti-oppressive social work theory and practice by Lena Dominelli