Article: Critical Multiculturalism, Whiteness, and Social Work: Towards a More Radical View of Cultural Competence. David Nylund (USA)

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Me & Rock in SAIn this 2006 published article, Critical Multiculturalism, Whiteness, and Social Work: Towards a More Radical View of Cultural Competence, Senior VSNT faculty David ‘Rock’ Nylund writes how: ” (A) new multiculturalism, which is referred to as “critical multiculturalism” is committed to taking cultural competence out of the classroom and into an antiracist practice. Critical multiculturalism includes the following features: (1) Recognizes the socio-historical construct of race, and its intersections with class, gender, nation, sexuality and capitalism; (2) creates pedagogical conditions in which students interrogate conditions of “otherness;” (3) challenges the idea of social work (and other social sciences) as an apolitical, trans-historical practice re-moved from the power struggles of history; and (4) makes visible the historical and social construction of whiteness. Hence, critical multiculturalism is more inclusive of white students/social workers and possibly may have the most profound impact on them.

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