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Decolonizing Social Work “Best Practices” through a Philosophy of Impermanence

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Item Summary Crampton, A. 2015-11-09T22:13:29Z 2015-11-09T22:13:29Z 2015-10
dc.identifier.citation Crampton, A. (2015). Decolonizing Social Work “Best Practices” through a Philosophy of Impermanence. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 4(1).
dc.identifier.issn 2164-9170
dc.description.abstract In the book, Decolonizing Social Work, a common theme is how decolonization requires more than surface level change. In social work, changing theories and intervention practices will not bring true transformation without attending to underlying western beliefs that perpetuate problems. This essay uses Shawn Wilson’s metaphor of an island to identify one such belief, explain how it is damaging to social work practice, and propose an alternative (Wilson, 2013). I first explain this alternative through a story of successful decolonization of sacred practices by the Zuni people. I then apply lessons learned from this story to the social work concepts of best practices and evidence-based practice. My overall argument is that these concepts can have destructive effects when informed by a belief in permanence, and that these concepts are better realized through an underlying philosophy of impermanence.
dc.format.extent 11 pages
dc.publisher Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawaii at Manoa
dc.subject best practices, evidence based practice, indigenous philosophies, social work education, social work decolonization
dc.subject.lcsh Indigenous peoples--Periodicals.
dc.subject.lcsh Social work with indigenous peoples--Periodicals.
dc.title Decolonizing Social Work “Best Practices” through a Philosophy of Impermanence
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: JISD Volume 04, Issue 01 [Journal of Indigenous Social Development]

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