Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-22-2019

Publication Title

Journal of Social Work Education

Volume

55

Issue

2

Pages

224-237

Publisher Name

Taylor & Francis

Abstract

The call to promote social justice sets the social work profession in a political context. In an effort to enhance social workers’ preparedness to engage in political advocacy, this article calls on educators to integrate a broad theoretical understanding of power into social policy curricula. We suggest the use of a multidimensional conceptualization of power that emphasizes mechanisms of decision making, agenda control, and attitude formation. We then apply these mechanisms to demonstrate how two prominent features of contemporary politics—party polarization and racially biased attitudes—affect the ability of social workers to influence policy. Finally, we suggest content that social work educators can integrate to prepare future social workers to engage in strategic and effective social justice advocacy.

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Author Posting © Taylor & Francis, 2019. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Taylor & Francis for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Journal of Social Work Education, Volume 55, Issue 2, April 2019. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2018.1544519

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