Encountering the Other across the Divides: Re-Grounding Social Justice as a Guiding Principle for Social Work with Refugees and Other Vulnerable Groups.

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dc.creator Hölscher, Dorothee.
dc.creator Grace Bozalek, Vivienne.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-09T07:04:47Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-09T07:04:47Z
dc.date.created 2012-09-01
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcs061 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10413/6462
dc.description.abstract This article is based on an ethnographic study conducted in a South African church following the May 2008 xenophobic violence and subsequent displacement of over 100,000 foreigners. It explores the relationships between a group of established, privileged members of the church and a group of displaced refugees, who had found shelter in the church. Our aim is to contribute to an enriched conceptualisation of social justice for social work with refugees and other vulnerable groups the context of a South Africa's unequal and polarised society. The study's theoretical framework comprises feminist and relational approaches social justice. The data were analysed using a combination of critical discourses analysis and grounded theory. Our findings depict a deepening web of relationships, in which antagonistic ways of relating affirmed pre-existing hierarchies of race, socio-economic status and citizenship, working at cross-purposes with respectful and dignifying forms of mutual engagement between the two groups. We conclude by reasserting the need for social workers to engage continuously and critically with those expressions of injustice as are specific to the particular contexts in which we may find ourselves. This involves a reflexive engagement with our own implication in these structural and relational constellations. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en
dc.subject South Africa. en
dc.subject Social justice. en
dc.subject Social work with refugees. en
dc.subject Xenophobia. en
dc.title Encountering the Other across the Divides: Re-Grounding Social Justice as a Guiding Principle for Social Work with Refugees and Other Vulnerable Groups. en
dc.type Peer reviewed journal article en

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