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Title:Inequality and Underdevelopment: Issues for a Social Development Curriculum
Author:Dlamini, Phiwase M.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:South Africa
Southern Africa
Subjects:social work
social work education
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Development and Technology
Education and Oral Traditions
social inequality
Curriculum planning
Abstract:Previous governmental policies in South Africa created a situation where institutional poverty fostered inequality and divisions along racial, gender and class lines. With this historical legacy in mind, the author examines the context of social work practice in South Africa, and points out that previous social work roles were compromised by the fact that social workers were forced to operate within an inequitable system and assist people in adapting to the status quo. Now that South Africa is governed by a government of national unity, that provides human and individual rights for all, university social work departments face a challenge of relevance in the training of human resources. The author outlines a rationale for a social development curriculum in South Africa that seeks to redress the economic and political injustices of the past. Bibliogr., sum.