How is 'racism' understood in literature about the experiences of black and minority ethnic social work students in Britain? A conceptual review

Jeyasingham, DJ and Morton, JW ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5096-7637 2019, 'How is 'racism' understood in literature about the experiences of black and minority ethnic social work students in Britain? A conceptual review' , Social Work Education .

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Abstract

This conceptual review interrogates a body of literature concerned with black and minority ethnic (BME) social work students in Britain since 2008. This period has coincided with an increasing focus on diversity in Higher Education, but also lower prominence being given to race in social work. In social work education, there has been increased attention to the needs and experiences of BME students. While most of this literature acknowledges racism, what constitutes racism and how it can be understood usually remain implicit. This review aimed to explore influential concepts in the literature and the ways these affected how racism is understood and identified.

A search was carried out for articles in peer-reviewed academic journals between 2008 and 2018. In this article we discuss four recurring concepts of racism in this literature: subtle racism, institutional racism, cultural difference and pedagogical solutions.

The article analyses the assumptions underpinning these concepts, and the implications for how racism has been understood and investigated in this literature. The subsequent discussion calls for a more reflexive approach and identifies questions that future research could explore, which could lead to improved understandings of racism in social work education.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Social Work Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0261-5479
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Depositing User: JW Morton
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 15:12
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2019 12:00
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/50038

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