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Social work, merit and ethnic diversity

Johns, Nicholas and Jordan, Bill 2006. Social work, merit and ethnic diversity. British Journal of Social Work 36 (8) , pp. 1271-1288. 10.1093/bjsw/bch385

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This paper concentrates on the issues of merit and diversity in social work. The principal focus is ethnic diversity, used as an example to illustrate a wider point about diversity. It is clear that ethnic diversity in particular has become a major political objective across the public sector as part of the ‘community cohesion’ initiative. Several benefits have been identified and linked to the achievement of ethnic diversity in the workforce; many of these have appeared in social work debate. The argument here is that while diversity has transformative potential, it must be located within a more radical agenda if it is to be successful. As a profession with a radical thread to its pedigree, social work is well placed to take this agenda forward.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Uncontrolled Keywords: merit; diversity; community; radical social work
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0045-3102
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 02:23

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