14 episodes

A discussion about social work, oppression, and liberation.

Decolonize Social Work Decolonize Social Work

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 48 Ratings

A discussion about social work, oppression, and liberation.

    11: ACAB, part 2 - Defunding Edition

    11: ACAB, part 2 - Defunding Edition

    CW: Please be advised that in the following episode we discuss police violence against Black communities, including murder, and trauma experienced by survivors of human trafficking.
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    We need to talk about social workers and the police. Again.

    • 40 min
    10: What Is Mutual Aid?

    10: What Is Mutual Aid?

    With the global and local effects of COVID-19 bearing down on us and without any clear expectation of when it might end, it's as important as ever to take care of our communities. In this episode, we talk about the importance of mutual aid, the history of these networks, and why - if you haven't before - now is the time to seriously consider getting involved with them. 

    • 27 min
    9: It's Time to Dump Those Financial Literacy Classes

    9: It's Time to Dump Those Financial Literacy Classes

    Working under stressful, unhealthy conditions is an ailment in the field of social work that mutes the voices of social workers, leads to burn out, and ultimately results in poor services to our clients. Worker-owned cooperatives offer an alternative to the hyper-capitalistic model we're all familiar with by giving power back to us - the workers - as collective owners of our work. It also enables us to center our values instead of our profit-margins. Listen and learn about the benefits of worker-owned cooperatives, and then get out there and take back social work! And for real, let's agree to stop with the financial literacy classes for our clients.

    • 48 min
    8: Let's Talk Labor Unions for Social Workers!

    8: Let's Talk Labor Unions for Social Workers!

    Note: This episode was recorded in October 2019, so while the conversation here is pure and timeless, please excuse a couple of out-of-time mentions about the Kentucky governor's race - cuz that already happened!
    Social workers spend a lot of time researching, talking about, and working together to come up with ways we can better serve our clients and communities. But what if the way we improve our services and support was by helping ourselves on the labor side of social work? Social workers routinely talk about how overworked and underpaid they are - but why does it have to be this way? This episode, we talk to a union organizer about the benefits of labor unions, why social workers specifically should seriously think about labor unionization, and a few things to expect if you do wanna take the first step at starting a social worker labor union. We can do this, y'all!

    • 51 min
    7: ACAB

    7: ACAB

    We - as in social workers - need to talk about police violence against Black people.

    • 27 min
    6: Decolonization, Explained for Social Work

    6: Decolonization, Explained for Social Work

    Several episodes into this project, and we take a leap back to offer some further groundwork for what we mean when we say "decolonization" in social work but also in society. We hope to clarify that, to paraphrase Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, that decolonization is not a metaphor for a different or better version of the same old social work. Prepare to get out of our comfort zones, everybody!

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Eva Trampka ,

Wonderful

Fellow MSW here and I just listened to the labor union episode. I’m born and raised in Chicago and went to a major social work school here—had no idea that Jane Addams and Hull House created labor unions. I’d also never considered social workers unionizing, but it makes perfect sense. Our CPS teachers union does amazing work in improving conditions in public schools and I’d love to take part in that. Thank you for this show!

PunkHymns ,

Helping me finish my degree

This podcast has inspired me to finish my bachelors in social work

dynve ,

yikes

Love the topic and intention, like most of the conversation...but I was really underwhelmed by the “decolonizing explained” episode. The two podcast hosts endorse “anyone who isn’t indigenous to this land is a settler” without even mentioning the trans-Atlantic slave trade. That’s a big oversight and betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of America’s historical settlement-enslavement economy. We are all lifelong learners and I encourage the hosts to look more to African American history.

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