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Hearing Indigenous and Local Voices in Mainstream Social Work

BySocial Work Mel Gray, John Coates, Tiani Hetherington

In this concluding chapter we attempt to counter misconceptions about the silencing of local and Indigenous voices in mainstream social work. Within the mainstream literature notions of difference or diversity have been dealt with in a variety of ways. As we showed in the Introduction, this has spawned several bodies of knowledge or parallel discourses (see Introduction, Table 1) relating to inter alia cross-cultural and anti-oppressive social work practice. Culturally and racially sensitive practice models, then, form part of social work’s attempt to deal with ‘difference’. Critical theorists have been quick to point out the way in which minority and Indigenous voices have been silenced within this dominant social work discourse.