Essay on Cultural Awareness And Social Work
Maria is a 22-year-old young woman who identifies as Hispanic. She is unemployed, single, and a new mother. Due to the nature of the interaction, the setting, and the inexperience of the social worker Maria’s degree of acculturation or her cultural beliefs and attitudes were not assessed.
In retrospect, the social worker can still identify intersectionality within the human experience that could affect Maria. “Intersectionality refers to the multidimensionality and complexity of the human cultural experience and describes a place where multiple identities come together, or intersect” (Marsiglia & Kulis, 2009, p.42).
The matrix of domination is explained as the intersection of “race, gender, and social class” (Marsiglia & Kulis, 2009, p. 42). Each of these…