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I Need Help With My Social Work 360 1

As discussed in Chapter 11, power and authority issues are always present in helping relationships and groups.  Social workers need to understand clients’ responses to these dynamics and recognize when our beliefs and attitudes are affecting the helping process. 

Think of a situation or circumstance in which you felt a strong power imbalance between yourself and another person. This person may have had authority over some aspect of your life, which gave him or her some control over your happiness and life satisfaction, achievement of your personal goals and desires, etc. The person may have used the authority and power to assist/provide you with something, or they may have used it to prevent you from achieving something you wanted. Write about the “objective event” but also about the feelings you had at that time about the person, circumstances, and yourself.

Chapter 14: Social Movements

Main Points

  1. Social movements are formed when people feel that one or more social institutions are unjust and need to be changed. Mario Diani (della Porta & Diani, 2006) identifies the following properties that distinguish social movements from other social collectivities: they are involved in conflictual relations with clearly identified opponents, linked by dense informal networks, and share a distinct collective identity. (p. 20)
  2. The profession of social work has its origins in the confluence of social work movements: the charity organization society movement and the settlement house movement.
  3. Three theoretical perspectives on social movements have emerged in the past two decades: the political opportunities perspective, the mobilizing structures perspective, and the cultural framing perspective. None of these perspectives taken individually is sufficient for understanding social movements, but taken together, they provide a multidimensional understanding. Dissatisfaction with these three perspectives is leading to emerging theories of social movements.
  4. Social movements have a number of effects on societies, some of them intended and some unintended. A few movements attain many of their goals, others result in formal protest organizations that have longevity, and many, if not most, are suppressed and ignored.
  5. Recently, there has been a rise in transnational social movement organizations (TSMOs).
  6. Contemporary social work, like historical social work, must manage tension between professional services and social reform.
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