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From equal opportunities to anti-oppressive practice: the historical and social context


This chapter briefly examines the background to the development of equal opportunities and anti-discrimination in health and welfare, beginning with a consideration of some of the early usage of these terms in a civil rights context, then moving on to discuss how interest in anti-discrimination first manifested itself in social work. The concluding section describes the principal features of each of the main approaches to anti-discriminatory practice that have evolved. In focusing on the way in which the civil rights background provided a foundation for anti-discrimination, the chapter is principally concerned with gender and ethnicity.1