Social Work: Six Strategies Of Community Change

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Introduction

Through out the time spent in the course I learned important aspects of Social Work. Although the readings were challenging at times, but in class always doubts were cleared and I had an understanding as to what the author was talking about. The assignments allowed having a good understanding of a social issue and what a particular agency is doing in order to work with people currently challenged by the social issue. On the first paper we explored the social issue, on the second we dove in and interviewed a Social Worker and explore their work around the social issue. Finally, this paper, that also requires an interview, where we will explore the interviewee’s strengths and limitations as well as other aspect of their practice.
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However, on the Journal “Six Strategies of Community Change” author Berry Checkoway asserts “social action aims to create change by building powerful organization at the community level” (1995). So, it is not only empowering people but also by giving them the resources in order for them to act on their power. Checkoway further recognizes that Social action recognizes that organization is instrumental to power …show more content…
In other words, so there is a clearer path towards serving a community and the clients with in it. In the article “Excerpts from Connecting Policy to Practice in the Human Services”, the authors Brian Wharf and Brad McKenzie points out that “Gil, views social policies as ‘guiding principles for ways of life, motivated by basic and perceived human needs’”(2009). Wharf and McKenzie further notes, that there must be a distinction between “grand” and “ordinary” issues (2009). Ordinary issue is dealt with locally, for example a town or city and the grand issue is dealt with at a national or provincial level.

By reflecting on the “grand” issue it is not hard to think about globalization and the influence of colonialism even in the present. In the article “Globalization Then and Now”, the author, Wayne Ellwood, brings up the point that even though globalization maybe a modern term, it is a term that is deeply rooted in “the history of colonialism” (2010). A system that it is extremely evident as you see the inequity in Canadian soil; Ongweoweh reserves are like third world countries within a third world country not to mention in nations on the

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