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Title:Empowerment and Social Work Education and Practice in Africa
Authors:Anderson, Stephen C.ISNI
Wilson, Martha K.
Mwansa, Lengwe-KatembulaISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:social work education
social welfare
Labor and Employment
Education and Oral Traditions
social work
social development
Abstract:In Africa today, the traditional model of social work, strongly influenced by Western conceptions and focused on clinical, socializing, custodial, therapeutic and care-taking functions, is increasingly being superseded by a model built upon human-focused or social development concepts and egalitarian principles. This requires a corresponding reconceptualization of education and practice that will focus on both the immediate needs of people and the larger social and economic changes necessary to prevent future individual disruption and improve the quality of life for all. The conceptual base of education and practice that serves best to accomplish this is that of empowerment. Utilizing concepts taken from motivation and action theory, the authors develop an empowerment model for social work practice. This model encompasses five dimensions of practice: personal empowerment, social empowerment, educational empowerment, economic empowerment and political empowerment. Social work roles inherent in this model are ones that focus on the role of colleague, political ally, facilitator, advocate and mediator. Bibliogr., sum.