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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Reimagining Anti-Oppression Social Work Research explores the challenges, tensions, and possibilities of engaging with anti-oppression epistemology in social work research. Through in-depth discussion of methodologies such as phenomenology, surveys, decolonizing research principles, autoethnography, and critical arts-informed research, the authors provide insights about the application of these approaches to studies with marginalized populations and on a variety of social issues.

Outlining principles for engaging with communities, research in organizational contexts, and the importance of fluidity and practices of unknowing, this edited collection invites readers to reflect critically about research frameworks. The authors explore the complexities of research on topics such as whiteness, racism, disability, and trans experiences, as well as working within feminist contexts and institutional social service settings. An ideal resource for social work students and scholars, this insightful and highly accessible volume highlights the value of anti-oppressive research for social change.


  • 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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