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    Critical realism, mimetic theory and social work

    Houston, Stan and Swords, Calvin (2022) Critical realism, mimetic theory and social work. Journal of Social Work, 22 (2). pp. 345-363. ISSN 1468-0173

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    Scapegoating is a ubiquitous, yet pernicious, phenomenon in today’s world. It manifests in innumerable ways. Social work, in line with its emancipatory value-base, seeks to engage with various scapegoated groups to challenge the experience. In this article, the authors draw on critical realism and mimetic theory to elucidate the causative mechanisms fueling scapegoating. This is done in order to heighten social workers’ insight into the process and empower targeted groups.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Social work; anti-oppressive practice; critical realism; ethnic minorities; asylum seekers; groups;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 18567
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    Depositing User: Dr Calvin Swords
    Date Deposited: 23 May 2024 09:53
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Work
    Publisher: Sage Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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