Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
176 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2017
Print ISBN: 9781551309767
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This reflective collection examines anti-oppressive research methods and the effective implementation of those methods within social work settings. Comparing phenomenological, auto-ethnographic, survey-based, and arts-based research approaches, Reimagining Anti-Oppression Social Work Research outlines the challenges and advantages of conducting research with marginalized communities and within organizational contexts. Students in social work programs will gain a thorough understanding of the decision-making processes involved in conducting anti-oppression research studies through contemporary examples of anti-oppression research applications and personal experiences within the field. Research topics include whiteness, racism, trans experiences, disability, feminism, and institutional social services, among others.


  • provides a comprehensive look at anti-oppression approaches to social work, when paired with Reimagining Anti-Oppression Social Work Practice
  • offers real case studies and examples
  • accessible and appropriate for undergraduate courses

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Table of Contents

Preface: Anti-Oppression Research: Epistemologies, Principles, Directions
Henry Parada and Samantha Wehbi

Section I: Conversations and Negotiations: Processes of Engaging with Community

Chapter 1. Taking the Pulse, Making Trans People Count: Quantitative Method as Social Justice Strategy in the Trans PULSE Project
Jake Pyne, Greta Bauer, Rebecca Hammond, and Robb Travers

Chapter 2. Anti-Oppression Qualitative Research Principles for Disability Activism: Reflections from the Field
Yahya El-Lahib

Chapter 3. Critical Arts-Based Research: An Eff ective Strategy for Knowledge Mobilization and Community Activism
Purnima George

Chapter 4. The Use of Photography in Anti-Oppressive Research
Samantha Wehbi

Section II: Unfolding Anti-Oppressive Research in Organizations

Chapter 5. Process as Labour: Struggles for Anti-Oppressive/Anti- Racist Change in a Feminist Organization
Ken Moff att, Lisa Barnoff , Purnima George, and Bree Coleman

Chapter 6. Carrying Out Research on Whiteness, White Supremacy, and Racialization Processes in Social Service Agencies
June Ying Yee

Chapter 7. A Research Design for the “Messy Actualities” of Restructured Social Work
Kristin Smith

Section III: Valuing Fluidity and Unknowing

Chapter 8. Phenomenology as Social Work Inquiry: Parallels and Divergences with Anti-Oppressive Research
Susan Preston and Lisa Redgrift

Chapter 9. Unpacking Liminal Identity: Lessons Learned from a Life on the Margins
May Friedman

Chapter 10. Decolonizing a Graduate Research Course … Moving Away from Innocence and Ignorance
Susan Silver



Henry Parada

Henry Parada is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University.

Reimagining Anti-Oppression Social Work Practice, Reimagining Anti-Oppression Social Work Research

Samantha Wehbi

Samantha Wehbi is a Professor in the School of Social Work and the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, Ryerson University.

Reimagining Anti-Oppression Social Work Practice, Reimagining Anti-Oppression Social Work Research


“This diverse range of case studies offers a collection of opportunities to consider how research practitioners engage in anti-oppressive theory. Students will appreciate the real-world practicalities; teachers will relish the praxis modelled; researchers will savour the insights and wisdom offered; and social workers will be inspired by the strategies for critical action and social justice.”
—  Leslie Brown, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Victoria

“This volume offers researchers the language, perspectives, and examples of kindred searchers who embrace anti-oppression and anti-racism on their research journeys.… This book delves into the reality of the challenges, struggles, and experiences of doing research using a critical decolonizing and anti-racism lens.… I loved the inclusion of the creative arts, photography, storying narratives, and shifting subjectivities in research practices. Often readers want to hear the ‘how’s it done,’ and this book produces.”
—  Kathy Absolon-King, PhD, MSW, Indigenous Field of Study, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

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