Advocacy in Practice: Creating a Culture of Social Change in the Human Services

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byShelley Rempel

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Advocacy in Practice is the first Canadian text to combine anti-oppressive theory and practice with practical information about analyzing, planning, and initiating advocacy action in the human services. Presenting anti-oppressive advocacy as an ethical and moral obligation of all human servicepractitioners, this text provides the support and foundational knowledge students need to bring positive change to their communities.

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Advocacy in Practice is the first Canadian text to combine anti-oppressive theory and practice with practical information about analyzing, planning, and initiating advocacy action in the human services. Presenting anti-oppressive advocacy as an ethical and moral obligation of all human servicepractitioners, this text provides the suppo...

Shelley Rempel is a professor in the social service worker program at Mohawk College. She holds a doctorate in education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and has previously taught at McMaster University. For more than a decade she served as a researcher, community worker, and later execu...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.51 inPublished:January 6, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199008418

ISBN - 13:9780199008414

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NOTE: chapters include- Chapter Objectives- Introduction- Key terms bolded at first use- Case Studies (1-3 per chapter)- Conclusion- Critical Thinking Questions- Suggested Readings- Suggested Videos and Websites1. Introduction to Advocacy Using an Anti-oppressive FrameworkDefining AdvocacyCase Study 1.1 A Case of Discrimination in Public Housing: Advocacy DefinedAnti-oppressive Advocacy Practice Model- Analysis of Privilege- Oppression and the P/C/S AnalysisAnti-oppressive Theory and Advocacy Practice- Reflexivity- Critical AnalysisCase Study 1.2 Amaro's Efforts to Improve His Critical AnalysisCase Study 1.3 Amaro Uses His Critical Analysis- Action2. Politics, Power, Conflict, and Doing the "Right" Thing in AdvocacyAll Advocacy Is PoliticalPower ConsiderationsConflict Is Normal- Critical Self-analysis- Service Users' Experience of ConflictCase Study 2.1 Analyzing Conflict Responses with Service Users- Critical Analysis of Conflict Levels and TypesEthical Decision Making and Anti-oppressive Theory- Ethical Dilemmas- Situational EthicsCase Study 2.2 Situational Ethics and Anti-oppressive Advocacy- Guidance for Anti-oppressive Advocacy3. Historical, Conceptual, and Contextual DevelopmentsA Complicated History- Human Service Work: A Legacy of Activism and Oppression- The Anti-oppressive Approach in Advocacy: Early DevelopmentsAdvocacy as a Professional Responsibility- Anti-oppressive Perspectives: A Re-emergence in Mainstream Human Service WorkCurrent Context of Advocacy Practice- Healthy Communities and Community Organizing for Change- Social Service Agencies: A Diverse and Complex Context- Dealing with BureaucracyCase Study 3.1 The Tale of Two Advocates- Managerialism: Business Management Practices in the Social Services4. An Anti-oppressive Advocacy Development Model: Structure, Process, and Strategy ConsiderationsAnti-oppressive Advocacy Development Model- Defining the ProblemCase Study 4.1 Using Advocacy to Fight a Housing Eviction- Background Research- Planning- Strategy- Evaluating and Monitoring5. Taking Action in Anti-oppressive AdvocacyHow This Chapter Is OrganizedPersonal Level Advocacy ActionCase Study 5.1: Reinstating Welfare Payments - Nada's CaseCultural Level Advocacy ActionCase Study 5.2: Changing the Seven-Day Rule at Emergency SheltersStructural Level Advocacy ActionCase Study 5.3: The Coalition for Social Housing6. Advocacy Stories*Personal and professional stories from 8 real-life advocates7. Challenges, Trends, and Going ForwardTrends- Advocacy and the Environment- Information and Communication Technology- Knowledgeable, Politicized, Service UsersStrengths and Skills: Fostering the Personal Traits Needed for Advocacy- Creativity- Critical Thinking- Courage- Pragmatism- Reflexivity- Compassion- ResilienceRelationships- Dialogue- Critical Consciousness- PraxisCase Study 7.1 Anti-oppressive Relationship Development: Collaboration and TransformationConclusion: Having Advocacy AttitudeCritical Thinking QuestionsAPPENDICES1. Advocacy Agreement Form2. Letter of Case Advocacy3. Letter of Cause Advocacy4. Letter to the Editor5. Op-ed6. Media Release7. Petition8. Posters9. Demonstration Signs10. Demonstration ChantsGlossaryReferencesIndex

Editorial Reviews

"This is one of the best textbooks I have come across in six years of teaching! . . . The focus on AOP (anti-oppressive practice) is phenomenal; it stands out among other advocacy-focused textbooks." --Sirena Liladrie, Sheridan College