Challenging White Privilege: Critical Discourse for Social Work Education

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What can discourse about White privilege reveal about social work education and how can that discourse catalyze action and transformation? These are the questions that Nocona Pewewardy tackles in her insightful and provocative book, Challenging White Privilege. Contemporary discourse about White privilege emphasizes the constructed social meanings that society has attached to the concept of race. In order to eradicate racial oppression in the U.S., people with privilege must come to the realization that the racial hierarchy in the U.S. is built on and maintained by falsely constructed notions of White supremacy. Pewewardy believes that social work's present response to racism is inadequate because it lacks sufficient effort directed at deconstructing White privilege. Challenging White Privilege provides information and strategies that can be used to envision and apply liberatory alternatives in social work education.

Council on Social Work Education

We are a nonprofit national association representing individual members and graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.

CSWE Press is a niche publisher that addresses the needs of social work educators. Some of our areas of publishing specialty are

-The philosophy, theory, and practice of teaching
-The process and evaluation of learning
-The organization and structure of social work education
-Diversity in all forms in social work practice and education
-Social work in multiple contexts

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About the Author:

Nocona Pewewardy is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work Education at California State University, Fresno. In 2003, Pewewardy earned her PhD from the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. This book is based, in part, on her doctoral dissertation.

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Pewewardy makes a compelling case for a much needed paradigm shift in social work education, challenging us to examine the other side of racism White privilege. Through the voices of educators who have taken up this challenge, this book reveals the operations of privilege in our curriculum, our classrooms, and ourselves and presents strategies for undoing its effects. To effectively prepare social work students to promote social and economic justice, we must engage in this critical, transformational discourse. --Salome Raheim, associate professor, School of Social Work, The University of Iowa

Pewewardy's book brings a fresh and refreshing perspective to the racialized and oppressive experiences that continue to dominate American society. It took courage, another name for love, an inquiring mind, and the vision to see beyond what appears to be the impossible to research and write something new and hopeful about White privilege. This book will become a classic and will serve to keep the social work community in genuine, hopeful, and constructive dialogue about oppression and privilege as long as necessary. --Sadye L. M. Logan, I. DeQuincey Newman Professor, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina

Learning overcomes the legacy of racism in this practical and powerful book. Seven educators speak frankly and insightfully about their experiences in challenging White privilege. As the critical discourse moves from theory to practice to participant action education, we witness the potential of social work education to effect real change. --Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, professor and chair, Department of Social Work, Saint Joseph College

Pewewardy's book brings a fresh and refreshing perspective to the racialized and oppressive experiences that continue to dominate American society. It took courage, another name for love, an inquiring mind, and the vision to see beyond what appears to be the impossible to research and write something new and hopeful about White privilege. This book will become a classic and will serve to keep the social work community in genuine, hopeful, and constructive dialogue about oppression and privilege as long as necessary. --Sadye L. M. Logan, I. DeQuincey Newman Professor, College of Social Work, University of South Carolina

Learning overcomes the legacy of racism in this practical and powerful book. Seven educators speak frankly and insightfully about their experiences in challenging White privilege. As the critical discourse moves from theory to practice to participant action education, we witness the potential of social work education to effect real change. --Lorrie Greenhouse Gardella, professor and chair, Department of Social Work, Saint Joseph College

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