Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
240 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
August 2017
Print ISBN: 9781551309798
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Thought-provoking and engaging, this edited volume invites readers to examine how anti-oppression practices can be fostered as a platform for transformation within social work education and organizational settings. Written by practitioners, educators, and students who have long engaged with anti-oppression and social justice frameworks, the chapters in this collection offer in-depth insights into how anti-oppression principles can enhance social work practice.

Through supportive critiques and an exploration of the complexities of practice with and by marginalized populations, the authors seek to push the scope and boundaries of anti-oppression practice. They offer concrete examples on a diversity of issues, including developing Indigenous practice principles, addressing anti-Black sanism, challenging normative constructions of grief, supporting queer resistance, and advancing critical practices with children and youth. A well-timed contribution to the field, this edited collection will be an indispensable resource for social work students, scholars, and practitioners.


  • offers in-depth insights based on wisdom from practitioners, educators, and students
  • features uniquely Canadian examples while also considering issues and populations that are relevant within international contexts
  • perfect for upper-level students looking to build their understanding of antioppression

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Table of Contents

Preface: Reimagining Anti-Oppression Social Work Practices: Tensions and Conversations
Samantha Wehbi and Henry Parada

Section I: Supportive Critiques of Anti-Oppression

Chapter 1. Parallel Pathways to Decolonization: Critical and Indigenous Social Work
Cyndy Baskin and Caitlin Davey

Chapter 2. Long-Standing Social Conflicts and Local Problems of Population Governance: Reorganizing for Future Theory Development and Community Practice
Tina Wilson

Chapter 3. Ontario’s Child Welfare Transformation and Primary Health Care Renewal: The Allure of Change
Kristin Smith

Section II: Nuancing Anti-Oppression

Chapter 4. Youth Engagement in Governmental and Community Organizations: Contradictions and Recommendations
Susan Preston and Jordan Aslett

Chapter 5. Breaking Barriers: Obstacles to the Use of Family Group Conferencing
Nyron Sookraj, Doret Phillips, and Gordon Pon

Chapter 6. Equal Rights Discourse: Transformative Possibilities?
Dawn Onishenko

Section III: Engagement with Marginalized Populations

Chapter 7. Anti-Oppressive Social Work with Disabled People: Challenging Ourselves to Do Better
Judith Sandys

Chapter 8. When the Suff ering Is Compounded: Toward Anti-Black Sanism
Idil Abdillahi, Sonia Meerai, and Jennifer Poole

Chapter 9. “It’s Like a Tattoo”: Rethinking Dominant Discourses on Grief
Robyn L. Ord

Section IV: Anti-Oppression as a Frame for Transformation

Chapter 10. Building Anti-Oppressive Organizations: Thoughts from a Multi-Dimensionally Informed Journey
Lisa Barnoff , Idil Abdillahi, and Beth Jordan

Chapter 11. Trade Unions and Social Work: Toward New Convergences Against Austerity
Winnie Ng

Chapter 12. The Professional Portfolio: Bridging the Classroom–Practice Divide in Social Work Education
Jennifer Clarke, Susan Preston, and Jennifer Ajandi



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

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


“This edited volume by Wehbi and Parada is a must-read for those social workers and educators who are keenly interested in anti-oppressive social work and how it is practiced in Canada…. Each chapter provides insightful and innovative examples of the implementation of anti-oppressive practice or strong recommendations related to how this practice framework could be applied. The contributors under the leadership of the editorial team have addressed a major void in the Canadian literature on anti-oppressive social work. With this volume, social workers are well-positioned to continue the struggle to ensure a more equitable Canadian society.”
—  David Este, PhD, MSW, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

“This volume has creatively advanced the knowledge base of anti-oppressive social work through detailed applications to individual, community, organizational, and educational emancipatory practices. Wehbi and Parada have respectfully responded to the practice critique of AOP through a concise illustration of applied engagement with practice. They have brought together an expertise of creatively applied AOP across the terrain of social work. Social work students, practitioners, and educators must read, reflect, and engage with this volume.”
—  Judy E. MacDonald, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University

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