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Empowering Women of Color

Empowering Women of Color - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0231101172

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ISBN13: 978-0231101172
ISBN10: 0231101171
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Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Published: 1999
International: No

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Empowering Women of Color - 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0231101172

Lorraine M. Gutierrez and Edith A. Lewis

ISBN13: 978-0231101172
ISBN10: 0231101171
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 99
Publisher: Columbia University Press

Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

Women of color constitute a large proportion of most social work caseloads, and this is a comprehensive textbook that addresses the unique needs of this population. Recognizing that women of color come from many disparate backgrounds, the book includes chapters by guest authors on particular communities, including African-American women, Native American women, Latinas, Asian-Pacific women, and lesbians and bisexual women of color.

Because all women of color experience both racism and sexism, their restricted economic opportunities and feelings of disempowerment can have a negative impact on their health and mental well-being. Social workers must help their clients deal with both the concrete problems in their lives and the debilitating psychological effects of powerlessness. Lorraine M. Gutiérrez and Edith A. Lewis describe both general concepts and specific techniques of the empowerment approach and show how social workers -using client education, participatory practice processes, and a strong focus on client and community strengths -can help women of color increase their own influence over the circumstances of their lives. Replete with narrative case studies illustrating the application of empowering methods at different phases and levels of practice, Empowering Women of Color serves as both blueprint and toolbox for one of social work´s most pressing tasks: enriching the lives of women of color.

Author Bio

Gutierrez, Lorraine : University of Michigan

Lorraine Gutiérrez is an associate professor with the School of Social Work and Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan.



Lewis, Edith : University of Michigan

Edith Lewis is an associate professor of social work and women´s studies at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Preface
Part 1: The Empowerment Approach to Practice
1. Empowerment: A Model for Practice
2. Empowerment Techniques: Engagement and Assessment
3. Empowerment Techniques: Practice with Individuals
4. Empowerment Techniques: Practice with Families
5. Empowerment Techniques: Practice with Groups
6. Bringing an Empowerment Perspective into Organizational Practice
7. Empowerment Techniques: Practice with Communities
8. Endings: Evaluation and Termination
Part 2: Understanding Women of Color
9. The Sharing of Power: Empowerment with Native American Women
10. Staying the Path: Lessons about Health and Resistance from Women of the African Diaspora in the United States
11. Empowerment with Latinas
12. Empowerment: Asian-American Women's Perspectives
13. Empowering Lesbian and Bisexual Women of Color: Overcoming Three Forms of Oppression
References
Index

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