Understanding The Social Terrain And Characteristics Of Any Community

1960 Words Sep 12th, 2016 8 Pages
Social workers who reach out to people and explore their environments will successfully acclimate to the population they serve and it’s challenging conditions. Naturally, this can be of mutual benefit to clients and providers alike. It can be the basis in which an augmentation in services occurs or when a change in policy is needed. When a deep understanding of an environment is developed, social services can be tailored to address the needs of the community. In order to produce a rounded illustration of clients and the deficits of a community, social workers cannot be complacent in practice. Situational awareness provides a keen mind in the field. “Environmental contexts can support development through the provision of resources or hinder development through neighborhood risk, poverty, lack of access to resources”
(Larkin, Felitti, Anda, 2014, p.15).
Understanding the social terrain and characteristics of any community in L.A. goes beyond dissecting guestimates or reference points. Los Angeles has traditionally offered residents cultural anchor points that are spread out through out the county. One of these hubs featured in South Los Angeles, is Leimert Park. Founded in 1927, Leimert Park started out as a homogenous community exclusively for Caucasians. After white flight to the suburbs, there has been a fixture of predominantly black families in this neighborhood. Decades of growing discontent between residents and law enforcement culminated with the riots of 92’. The…

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