ERIC Number: EJ1029665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
Affirming Diversity, Difference, and the Basic Human Rights of Those with Whom We Disagree: A Difficult Task but Worth the Challenge--A Reply to Bolen and Dessel
Hodge, David R.
Journal of Social Work Education, v50 n1 p153-163 2014
My work in the area of spirituality and religion builds on our profession's proud history of expanding diversity to include previously marginalized groups. Each iteration of diversity, however, has been met with critiques implicitly designed to affirm the status quo. In this article, I respond to criticisms that have been leveled against my attempts to foster a more inclusive profession. Topics addressed include underrepresentation, methodological rigor, institutional discrimination, and the challenge of respecting people with whom we differ. I conclude by noting that most social workers are invested in the creation of an inclusive society and highlight the need for a new conversational model that affirms diversity, difference, and the basic human rights of those with whom we disagree.
Descriptors: Social Work, Cultural Pluralism, Inclusion, Caseworkers, Christianity, Ideology, Political Attitudes, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Disproportionate Representation, Civil Rights
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