Episode #2: Social Work – a history of racist structures and experience with Harjeet Badwall & David Nylund

About this Session

OIPSocial Work Professors and narrative therapists Harjeet Badwall & David Rock Nylund discuss the history of racist structures and experience in Social Work Practice and Education.

An excerpt for Harjeet’s paper we will be discussing:

Theoretically, my research was anchored in race theory (critical race scholarship, post-colonial studies), post-structural feminism, and critical race scholars who utilize Foucauldian concepts of discourse, power, subject-formation, and governmentality.

These theoretical entry points enabled me to examine the racial foundations upon which social work as a profession is produced (Jeffery, 2002), in addition to exploring the experiences of social workers of colour as they negotiate both a racist profession and racist environments.

My central aim was to trace the ongoing mechanisms of whiteness in social work in order to reveal the ways in which racialized bodies are regulated through discourses that re-centre whiteness within the profession. Through the use of race scholarship I examined how racism is integral to modernity and the liberal project, the formation of the state, and white dominance in social work (Goldberg, 1993, Hesse, 2004; Jeffery, 2002).


Harjeet Badwall PhD

Harjeet Badwall

Harjeet Badwall is an Associate Professor at York University’s School of Social Work in Toronto, Canada.  Her areas of research focus on Race, Racism and Whiteness in Social Work, racialized and gender-based violence,  practice and theory connections, interlocking analysis of violence and oppression, and post-structural theory and – Narrative therapy, ideas and practice. Harjeet worked…


November 27, 2020 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Pacific Time


VSNT.live & Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy


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